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