General strikes and the struggle against austerity in Spain

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Jan 28 2011 22:59

I can see the photos now, joder. Parece bastante fuerte.

How many people do you think were on the demo? It looks big.
What union is AST?

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Jan 29 2011 20:05

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2awYYoykAwY&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klJWa3_ORpc&feature=player_embedded

http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/942287/0/manifestacion/pensiones/madrid/

From Incontrolado in Madrid

People are saying there were between 10000 and 20000 people. Taking part were some sections of Madrid CNT but not all of them, and also the CGT, Solidaridad Obrera, and a long list of base unions and social movements. You could say it is the biggest demo against the cuts and the crisis which hasn´t been called by Comisiones Obreras and the UGT.

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Jan 29 2011 20:32

Have there been any joint demos by the CNT, the CGT and SO in Madrid before?

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Jan 30 2011 11:41
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You squatted a gaol?? That´s just showing off.

lol It's a 1928 deserted building...What is important is that the demo to squat it again was illegal, however it was massively attended and achieved its goal.

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Feb 20 2012 22:37

I don't know if people have been following what's going on in Valencia. Protests of predominantly school children against cuts were violently attacked by police last week and since then there have been ongoing protests against police brutality that have met with similarly brutal responses. Parts of the university are under occupation at the moment.
Videos and Spanish reportage here:
http://www.publico.es/espana/423041/la-policia-vuelve-a-cargar-contra-los-estudiantes-en-valencia

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Feb 20 2012 23:02

El Pais has a couple of short English language reports on the Valencia protests:

Valencia police clash with students protesting social cutbacks

Police clash with students once more as Valencia protests swell

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Feb 21 2012 00:43

There are photos going round on facebook of the police attacking a blind man on one of the protests

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Feb 21 2012 12:21

Report and photos on alasbarricadas

http://www.alasbarricadas.org/noticias/node/19736

Also

videos

http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23Valencia

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Feb 22 2012 00:16

Spain budget cuts spawn 'Valencian Spring' protests (AFP)

Spanish police brutalize student protesters in Valencia (Roarmag)

alasbarricadas thread (machine translation)

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Feb 22 2012 12:20

CNT condemns police and institutional violence against students and workers in Valencia

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With the intensification in indiscriminate violence on the part of the State police against students in Valencia who were protesting against education cuts, the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo publicly condemns these attacks and demands the immediate resignation of the Government Delegate for Valencia, Paula Sánchez de León.

Furthermore, as anarcho-syndicalists, we send our greetings and solidarity to all those who were injured, and to their families and everyone who came onto the streets over recent days to defend the public education system. We admire the courage of all those who, despite the repression, put aside their fears and demonstrated in order to defend a decent future for the sons and daughters of the working classes. Their struggle is our struggle.

We should also point out the hypocrisy of the Socialist Party (PSOE), which is now requesting an explanation of the police behaviour after years in which its government adopted the very same policy of repression against any social protest movement.

Finally, the CNT encourages everyone involved in the public education system to continue the struggle against spending cuts, and oppose the wild policy dictated by the market to put an end to our future with the power of assemblies and mutual aid.

Let the rich pay for the crisis!

No more repression! No more education cuts!

Social Action Secretary

Social Movements Working Group

Permanent Secretariat of the Confederal Committee

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Feb 22 2012 12:28

Sometimes I truly confused why people don't prepare to such an actions of the police. It's fucking plain and simple: the filth must be stopped, disarmed, and paralyzed. Fuck the police!

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Feb 22 2012 19:48
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Sometimes I truly confused why people don't prepare to such an actions of the police. It's fucking plain and simple: the filth must be stopped, disarmed, and paralyzed. Fuck the police!

Really? IDK, I've been out on a few demos and the majority of them were not attacked by the police. I imagine most non-anarchos don't expect to be assaulted when they go to a protest. The first time I was attacked by a police officer, it rocked my world in a serious way and I hated the cops at that point.

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Feb 24 2012 21:08

Another general strike call

CNT Galiza wrote:
Given the scenario created by the latest labour reforms by the government and employers, the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo-Galiza (CNT) is calling a general strike for 29 March along with the Confederación Intersindical Galega (CIG), Confederación Xeral do Traballo de Galicia (CGT) and Central Unitaria de Traballadores/as (CUT), coinciding with the general strike in Euskal Herria.

We call on the working class not to go to their jobs on that day, and to participate in the pickets and demonstrations that will be going on, both in the days leading up to the 29th and on the day itself.

The strike call will be formalized at the Regional Department of Labour next week, along with the other unions.

http://www.anarkismo.net/article/22056

Maybe part of the subtext here is that Galicia and the Basque country have significant nationalist/regionalist unions and it can make sense to call a general strike, even without the participation of the mainstream UGT and CC.OO.

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Feb 29 2012 15:50

So today was a European general strike or something right?

Either way it's kicking off in Barcelona right now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-2vUjmvOIM

#vaga29f says that the Universitat de Barcelona rectory's been occupied too...

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Mar 9 2012 18:14

CNT call a general strike for the 29th: http://www.cnt.es/noticias/la-cnt-convoca-huelga-general-el-pr%C3%B3ximo-29-de-marzo

EDIT: OK looks like call is coming from main two unions feds, but CNT are also calling one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17315961

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Mar 10 2012 20:15

General strike is on for the 29th looks like.

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Mar 10 2012 21:03

CGT just held a special congress to discuss the general strike and that congress issued a call for a general strike on March 29.

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Mar 29 2012 07:50

v quick before I go to work

updates from the south:

at midnight.
MercaSevilla shut by more than a thousand pickets, some trouble with the police
100% strike by the rubbish collectors in Cadiz
pickets going round closing bars at midnight
Jaen- 100 pickets make sure the post service is closed. Police search and arrest pickets.
1 am seville 70% of the night shift at Renault is on strike
2 am three arrests in Malaga of young pickets trying to close down bars
Pickets from the 15-M movement in Seville go round Triana closing bars
4:45 am Cordoba MercaCordoba not a single lorry enters. Three arrests.
8 am University of Seville 100% on strike

will translate more in the afternoon

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Mar 29 2012 07:53

electricity consumption is down 26% which means a lot of industry is not running.

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Mar 29 2012 10:27

Students blocked the main road into Madrid this morning causing a massive fuck-off traffic jam..

Also big transport and airline strikes by the sound of things..

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Mar 29 2012 11:16

Osuna (small town in Andalucia) 300 pickets have closed down all the supermarkets which were open and now are headed for the mercadona in Estepa.

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Mar 29 2012 11:28

Madrid- lot of police charges, people injured and arrested.

According to Soli Obrera the strike in the transport sector has been very strong.

There was a "bicipicket" of 200 cyclists going round the M30 motorway at nine in the morning blocking the motorway!

In the bus stations pickets "sabotaging" (don't know if breaking, painting over or what) windscreens of buses, these buses have had to stop running.

Electricity consumption lower than the last strike which means less industry running.

Police charges in the bus depots with horses, pickets arrested.

12 people arrested last night on pickets in Madrid

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Mar 29 2012 12:08

Protesters blocking Madrid motorway..

Uni students march down main road in Barcelona, also blocking traffic..

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Mar 29 2012 16:19

translations from Solidaridad Obrera

Young picket badly injured by police in Vitoria

Union lawyers say they don't know how many people have been arrested as the police are not letting them speak to people but that it is a lot more than last time.

La Rioja- strike is much stronger than last time. Only two newspapers for sale and pickets trying to stop distribution of those.

Madrid- very few people have gone to work in RTVE (buses) hardly any buses are running. A security guard threatened pickets with an iron bar.

(I think these are towns near Madrid or barrios of Madrid)
Carabanchel- two pickets arrested at Mercadona

Alcorcon- police threaten pickets at gunpoint. At midnight about 150 people picketing bus depot and stopping servicios minimos from leaving. Someone was filming pickets, they demanded to see some identification, this person refused, police then started shoving elderly pickets and arrested a younger picket who tried to defend them. The pickets gathered round and the police pulled out their guns. The police continued harrasing the pickets violently throughout the morning. Later pickets went to ALcampo where they had heard that the company was threatening workers if they went on strike. There were a lot of police waiting at ALcampo.
People said they couldn't ever remember such a strong strike in Alcorcon and they also remarked on the aggression of the police which was much worse that 2010 (which was no picnic either, translator's note)

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Mar 29 2012 16:34

Madrid- strike "massive" in industrial sector, much bigger than last time.
Ports shut down in Valencia, Algeciras, Vigo, Barcelona.
Burning barricades in Seville.

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Mar 29 2012 16:35

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Mar 29 2012 17:18

Sounds promising, seems much more widespread and militant than the last couple of one day affairs.

Thanks to fingers for all the translations, and others for posting photos/updates

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Mar 29 2012 17:23

The Guardian reports that Greek unions have been watching the situation in Spain:

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Greek unions are watching events in Spain closely today, says Helena Smith, our correspondent in Athens.

Greek unionists from both the public and private sector have told her they see today's general strike as the beginning of a Pan-European revolt against the self-defeating policies of austerity

Helena wrote:
Trade unionists representing civil servants in Greece, who have been hardest hit by repeated rounds of austerity over the past two years, said they were in "constant touch" with comrades in Spain and were monitoring the situation closely.

"Today's strike shows that it's not just us Greeks, there's a groundswell of aggression against policies whose ultimate aim is to turn Europe into a place of exploitation," said Ilias Iliopoulos general secretary of ADEDY which represents public sector employees. "Together we are determined to stop policies that are being enforced on us by a very small group of people."

Preparations for a major international conference in Athens of trade unionists from the EU and Mediterranean countries were underway, he told me.
"It will take place a few weeks after the [general elections] in May and everyone will be there, the Spanish, the English, the Belgians, the Germans. They all want to come to discuss ways of fighting these totally unjust, totally counter-productive policies. Greece is small and it can't do things alone but from the beginning we've been the laboratory for these measures and are seen as the country on the front-line. "

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Mar 29 2012 19:58

That looks fucking wicked.

Thanks for the translations Malone.

In the end, who was this strike endorsed by? Any of the major union federations?