200.000 people welcome Asturian miners in Puerta Del Sol:
(AssociatedPress) VIDEO ESSAY: Spanish miners in the northwestern provinces of Asturias and Leon, armed with homemade rockets and slingshots, have been battling police in protest against government cuts, including a slashing of subsidies in their industry. (July 9)
(Sarah Bennet/FB) Miners have started the “black march” from the provinces of Asturias, Leon and Teruel on June 22 and will end in Madrid on July 11.
“Police forces quickly began using force against us. We are marching to defend our rights – we aren’t delinquents, but they have been treating us as such,”
Up to one million teachers and seven million students, from every level – elementary schools to universities – are out protesting these cuts. The strike is taking place in all but three of the seventeen regions of Spain.
With Spain struggling to cut its deficit, with fear of needing a bailout as Greece, Ireland and Portugal have done, billions of euros in cuts have been planned. This will mean fewer teachers, more students per class, and less extra-curricular activities. It will also mean higher costs for university tuition, which could possibly make such tuition out of the range of the average Spaniard.
Overall the cuts would reduce government subsidies on education by more than 20%.
Unions say that worsening educational conditions and mass teacher layoffs can only make the situation in the country worse.
(European Revolution/FB) Massive General strike today in Spain against cuts to social spending and labour reforms. Industry, transport and public sector all effected. Massive protest are also planned all across the country. photo from Salvador Sas
(anarchistnews.org) During the day of the general strike, the 29th of March 2012, police made 79 arrests throughout Catalunya, mostly in Barcelona. Three of those arrested have been locked up awaiting trial, the rest are out on bail or provisional liberty.
On Thursday the 19th, they carried out 4 more arrests in Barcelona, mostly targeting anarchists. They also raided several houses, seized computers and clothes, and stole thousands of euros in solidarity money. The same day, they announced that the following week (this week), they would carry out 80 more arrests and launch a citizen collaboration website to encourage and enable citizen snitching on those photographed participating in rioting but whose identities are not already within the police database. They have also claimed they have taken the measure to make sure this website is safe from the spamming and hacking that have sabotaged similar attempts in other countries, however that claim has not yet been tested.
That website is here
The four arrests of last Thursday show the police using a more sophisticated integration of surveillance to be able to track masked rioters on the basis of shoes or other characteristics, and match these images with other images that show the same people at other times and other locations without their masks, enabling identification. Such techniques have already long been used in Germany and other countries, but their use in Catalunya is new.
Heavy new laws of repression will also be passed soon, and for May Day and the upcoming European Central Bank summit in Barcelona (2-4 May) city authorities will invite several thousand Spanish police into the streets to help the mossos d’escuadra maintain order, another unprecedented move.
The Catalan and Spanish governments are especially concerned about their international image as they are tourism-based economies whose ability to inspire investor confidence is shaky at best. Additionally, the comrades in Barcelona will be facing enormous legal fees and long legal processes that will most likely result in many prison sentences.
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(commondreams.org) Up to a million Spainards marched in cities across Spain Sunday in a massive protest at the new government’s drive to strip them of their labor rights under the cover of austerity measures.
Protesters take part during a rally against the economic policy of the Conservative Spanish Government in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. In echoes of Wisconsin, the labor ‘reforms’ proposed by Spain’s conservative government would make it easier for companies to fire workers and pull out of collective bargaining agreements.
The country’s two main trade unions, CCOO and UGT, organized demonstrations in at least 57 cities under the slogan: “No to the Labor Reforms – Unfair to Workers, Ineffective and Useless to the Economy and for Employment.”
Unemployment in Spain has tripled since 2007, and today about 5.2 million people in the country are out of work. The official unemployment rate is running at 23%, and its youth unemployment rate is nearly 50%.