By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter
BAHIA - Black smoke rose high into the cloudy sky on Highway 101 in Itabatan, Bahia. A solid line of burning tires lay across the road blocking traffic for kilometers in either direction. A truck eased its way through the barricade and the ranks of protesters closed lines in solidarity. One of the protesters in the crowd cried, "Don't let them through!"
Union workers from the municipality of Mucuri in the state of Bahia organized the barricade to protest against the laying off of hundreds of public servants. The workers, their friends and families . . .