written by bendygirl at Friday, October 17, 2008
Well, not in the US of course, just in Colombia. Apparently, it's okay if unionists die:
It is true that Colombia has a history of violence. But since President Álvaro Uribe took office in 2002, that violence has been substantially reduced. The homicide rate through the end of 2007 was down by 40.4% and the rate among union members was down almost 87%. There is nothing "consistent" about a drop to 26 union member murders in 2007 from 155 in 2000.
As for prosecutions: In union-member killings, there were zero convictions from 1991-2000 and one in 2001. But from 2002-2007, there were 80. According to the Colombian attorney general's office, 29% of those murders were "found to have been results of theft, petty crime and random violence unrelated to union activity." Mr. Uribe has nonetheless created a special investigative unit for crimes against union members, and he expanded a special government protection program for unions.
Goodness knows, that according to the Wall Street Journal, we should just TRUST Colombia when they say that murders are due to petty crime or theft. Colombia's such a bastion of truth, no wait, I meant the Wall Street Journal, no wait, I think I mean both of them.