The 1906 Cananea riot at Sonora, Mexico.

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The 1906 Cananea riot at Sonora, Mexico.




The 1906 Cananea riot at Sonora, Mexico. On June 1, 1906, Mexican workers at the Cananea Consolidated Copper Company in Sonora, which was owned by an American, Col. William Greene, went out on strike, demanding that they receive equal pay for equal work with Americans, and access to managerial posts. When the company refused to discuss strike demands, workers rioted, and over 30 Mexicans were killed. The Mexican rurales arrived, captured the strike leaders, and hanged them. The workers returned to their jobs. In January 1907, textile workers at the Río Blanco factory in Veracruz burned down the company store. After the rurales crushed that riot, more than 100 workers were dead.

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