Saturday, May 21, 2011

Weekend Headlines: May 21-22, 2011

* Chile: Police fired tear gas on protesters in Santiago yesterday and Valparaiso today after the government lifted a suspension on its use due to possible adverse health effects.

* Uruguay: A deadlocked Senate was unable to pass a measure that would've removed an amnesty for former military leaders under the 1973-1985 dictatorship.

* Venezuela: The price of a barrel of crude oil on Friday closed below $100 for the first time in about eight weeks.

* Peru: Jorge Trelles was fired as spokesman for the presidential campaign of Keiko Fujimori after he claimed that under the rule of her father, ex-president Alberto Fujimori, “we killed less [people] than the two previous governments.”

* Mexico: Police captured Gilberto Barragan Balderas, who is considered as “one of the main leaders of the Gulf Cartel.”

* Cuba: The mother of the late dissident Orlando Zapata said that thirteen of his relatives would leave the island next month to legally travel to the U.S.

Video Source – teleSUR via YouTube (Chilean police fired tear gas and water cannons against protesters opposed to government policies).
Online Sources- La Tercera, The Latin Americanist, CNN, MarketWatch, El Comercio, Living in Peru, MSNBC, LAHT

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