Chilean strikes hit ports

Dockworkers have joined the protests spreading throughout Chile, with commerce at multiple ports up and down the Chilean coastline being disrupted.

Eduardo Rojas, an Antofagasta dockworker union leader, said that “ports are paralysed from Arica to Punta Arenas,” adding that “other ports that are not part of the Chilean Dockworkers Union have also joined in.”

Chile’s fruit export industry is at the height of harvest season. Valparaiso and San Antonio, the nation’s largest cargo ports, are among those reportedly affected.

Adding to the problem is international solidarity with the Chilean protests. Barcelona-based International Dockworkers Council has warned that its members might boycott cargoes arriving from Chile unless Chilean authorities ceased what the union called “the repression of the port community.”