Method #115: Selective Strike

longshoremen strike

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In 1971, the region of East Pakistan, now known as Bangladesh, seceded from Pakistan to form its own country. Pakistan declared war, with open support from the US, which began to ship them weapons. Activists all along the northeast coast of the US carried out demonstrations, educating dockworkers and longshoremen about how those weapons loaded onto Pakistani ships would be used. As a result, when those ships arrived, longshoremen carried out a selective strike, carrying out all their regular duties but refusing to load or unload anything on ships bound for Pakistan.

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