The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Strike against price increases

Oct 10, 2005

On September 15, a general strike against price increases paralyzed Jamaica. There have been sharp increases in the price of many everyday goods and services such as electricity, transportation, food, animal feed and other things.

The Jamaican Labor Party, which today is in opposition to the party in power, called for the demonstrations. But their size went beyond the wishes of the opposition politicians. They called for peaceful protests, without any roadblocks, but their instructions weren't followed. According to the Minister of National Security, roads were blocked and police were attacked. This reveals the population's exasperation with the enormous difficulties they face just trying to survive.