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Issue No. 2433

Mexican student confirmed dead

The incinerated bones of 19 year old student teacher Alexander Mora Venancio have been identified by DNA tests, after being found in a municipal dump.

He was one of 43 students kidnapped in September by police aided by drug gangs in southern Mexico.

His father Ezekiel said, “The corrupt government killed my son”. His sister Saena said, “Those who killed my brother will pay.” 

Newspapers reported another parent calling for armed revolution. Relatives insist that the search for the other 42 continues.

There are protests demanding justice for the students almost every day. Despite president Enrique Pena Nieto’s promises of police reform, many demand his resignation along with the whole government.

Italian workers ready to strike

Millions of workers in Italy were set to strike on Friday over government attacks on their rights.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi wants to make hiring and firing easier for bosses. The one-day strike will be the first time in three years that the CGIL and UIL federations have staged a joint action. 

The largest federation, CGIL, drew an estimated 1 million protesters from across the country onto the streets of Rome in late October. Protests have mounted in recent weeks.

However Italy’s second largest federation CISL said it won’t join them because its leaders didn’t believe a general strike was the right form of protest.

Joint action rocks Belgium

Coordinated strikes gripped the Belgian capital Brussels on Monday of this week, in the run up to a national general strike next Monday.

The strikes also affected the Flemish Brabant and Walloon Brabant regions, including prime minister Charles Michel’s constituency.

Transport was shut down and pickets occupied the signal box at the Midi train station. 

Around a third of flights were cancelled and TV schedules disrupted. The strike also hit schools, hospitals, department stores, banks, factories and the major Brussells port.

Workers are furious at cuts to wages, pensions, benefits and public services.

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