Banana Massacre

The Banana Killing was a massacre of United workers that took between 5 and 6, 1928 in Ciénaga, , near Santa Marta.

On 12, 1928, the workers went on strike, refusing to work until the corporation reached an with them to provide them with respectable working conditions.

After several weeks of no , during which the United refused to talk with the employees, the conservative administration of Miguel Abada Méndez dispatched the Colombian against the strikers, culminating in a murder of 47 to 2,000 persons.

After US officials in and United representatives portrayed the workers' strike as “communist” with a “subversive tendency” in telegrams to US Secretary of Frank B. Kellogg, the US threatened to invade with the US Corps if the Colombian did not act to protect United 's interests.

The Colombian was also obligated to work for the 's interests, given that they might sever Colombian banana with major markets like as the and .

In his work One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garca Márquez described a fictitious version of the massacre, as did lvaro Cepeda Samudio in his La Casa Grande.

Although Garca Márquez mentions roughly three thousand deceased employees, the true of dead workers is unknown.

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