A largescale protest
last week by workers from the Sidor steelworks secured the release of
five of their co-workers after they were arrested by the National Guard
on charges of undue expropriation and seizure of plant machinery. The
protest, supported by the unions at the plant, partially closed down
the steelworks and brought the city of Puerto Ordaz, in Venezuela’s
Bolívar state to a standstill.