Chile Striking Back

A walkout cripples the nation

On the Pan American Highway as it crosses Chile, the usual truck traffic was missing, and the few cars on the road had to dodge miguelitos, nail-studded objects intended to puncture tires. In the capital of Santiago and other cities, thousands of workers waited in vain for public buses and taxis that never came. Downtown shops in Santiago were closed, and there was such a dearth of traffic that some of the smog that envelops the city lifted, allowing peaks of the Andes to be seen to the east.

The occasion for this sudden halt in activity was a two-day general...

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