By Mark Thomas
Mark Thomasa legendarily seditious comic and human rights activistis a convalescing Coca-Cola addict, a self-described middle-aged fats dad with bronchial asthma who comes to a decision to trek around the world investigating the tales and folks Coca-Colas iconic ads campaigns dont point out: baby employees within the sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Indian staff uncovered to poisonous chemical substances, Columbian exertions union leaders in Coke bottling vegetation falsely accused of terrorism and jailed along the paramilitaries who are looking to kill them. instantly hilarious and hectic, Thomas builds a really distinct and damning case opposed to the worlds such a lot ubiquitous drink.
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I get a coffee on the Bowery hoping that the Ramones once sat here before appearing at CBGBs. Lexington gets me singing the Velvet Underground and Central Park has me quoting Woody Allen. I Tall apartment blocks are dotted with white air-conditioning units sticking out of the windows, as if a swarm of flying fridges have just crashed straight into the side of the building. And the sight of them is suddenly wonderful. The plethora of pointy water towers stuck on rooftops like fat fireworks on stilts is amazing.
This is what they managed to do: they escorted El Diablo home, waited while his family packed and then drove them to the airport. There they went first to Bogota and then on to the USA, where El Diablo lives today. In this case Colombian justice was no more than a taxi service into exile. The morning had seen the murder of Isidro Gil, the afternoon the attempted abduction of El Diablo and that night saw the final event. Sinaltrainal’s offices in Carepa were firebombed. Metal bars had smashed the doors apart, files and papers were scattered around the building, joining the litter of the broken tables and chairs.
And then the entire building was burned to the ground. A blazing beacon shone out in the night as the union office crackled and smoked in the flames, a warning beacon, to which the message was clear: your union is finished, go or die! Manco had gone into hiding but the following day the para leader, Cepillo, sent out messages that he wanted to talk to the union men, to hold a meeting with them. Manco’s world had been destroyed, his certainties had vanished, the only coping mechanism he had left was fear.