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Whoa! The Hill comments urge violence against unions

Visitation of slain union leader.

We know the Internet can be a vile place where anonymous trolls post nasty anti-union remarks. But recent comments at the bottom of The Hill's story advocated the murder of union leaders.

The story, "AFL-CIO President Trumka sends list of killed Colombian labor leaders to Obama," reported on the labor federation's opposition to a trade deal with Colombia:

Included with the letter was a list of names of the 22 union leaders who have been killed in Colombia, 15 of those after the United States agreed to a labor action plan with the South American country in April to improve its labor rights record, according to the AFL-CIO. Labor has long vehemently opposed a trade deal with Colombia because of its record of violence against union activists.

Comments at the bottom of the story included:

I serve as President of a major corporation in the U.S. All these people want to do is create trouble for us. I look forward to the day we have a government that is sympathetic to the job creators and allow us to handle the unions like Columbia has done.

BY RG Brewer on 09/27/2011 at 11:08

Sounds like the Colombians don't like the unions either.

BY Sons of Liberty on 09/26/2011 at 14:55

Colombia understands the evil nature of unions. and the damage they do to a country.

BY pyeatte on 09/27/2011 at 11:50

What do you call a list of 22 dead labor leaders?
A good start…

BY TEA PARTY PATRIOT�on 09/26/2011 at 15:35

so Columbia is doing a good job of getting rid of vermin why is this cause for concern?

BY HOLYMAN on 09/26/2011 at 15:35

Could we get them to do it here? There are more than enough union thug bosses already.

BY DAVID on 09/27/2011 at 10:52

The Hill has removed some of the above comments. And it's a teensy bit reassuring to know not all the comments are disgusting. Here's one:

The US should not be party to a free trade agreement with a country with such high levels of human and civil rights violations, and such rampant violence against workers.

BY Leilah Mooney on 09/27/2011 at 10:52

(Hat tip to Dave Johnson at Campaign for America's Future blog.)

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