Call for anti-austerity general strike in Spain

This video says about itself:

‘Bread, work, housing, dignity!’ Spaniards march against government

21 March 2015

Thousands of protesters have come to Madrid from nation-wide to try and get the government to listen to their demands. The ‘Dignity March’ is a public protest over social injustice and stubbornly-high unemployment in Spain. Last year hundreds of thousands marched in the capital.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thousands in Madrid call for general strike

Monday 23rd March 2015

Anti-austerity protest ends in clashes with police

THOUSANDS of demonstrators from across Spain gathered in Madrid’s main Colon Square on Saturday to protest against continuing harsh government austerity measures.

Nine columns of demonstrators, who had been on the march for several days, converged on the plaza.

Organisers hoped to attract 20,000 protesters to the event, labelled Marches for Dignity and on Saturday evening much of Colon Square and part of Paseo de Recoletos boulevard were packed with at least that many people carrying republican flags and banners calling for a general strike.

Protesters decried government financial cuts, draconian housing rights policies and high unemployment rates.

Carrying banners reading “Food, jobs and a roof with dignity. Working for a general strike”, protesters engulfed the area.

Spanish police deployed 1,200 officers to control the protest.

Scuffles broke out after the main rally ended on Saturday night. Riot police clashed with about 200 protesters who attacked a bank and a police car.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced new social welfare support last month and touted his government’s economic record in a bid to woo back disillusioned voters who are increasingly turning to apparently anti-austerity parties in a search for a means to halt incessant cuts.

Mr Rajoy’s centre-right People’s Party has been claiming economic recovery ahead of a general election to be held this year, raising the government’s growth forecast for 2015 to 2.4 per cent from 2 per cent.

The prime minister announced several welfare measures recently, including support for single parents, in a parliamentary address peppered with indirect swipes at parties such as the populist Podemos (We Can) party, which is gaining in the polls, and Ciudadanos, a right-wing party which also rails against corruption and unemployment.

Despite ruling party claims, the Spanish economy remains in poor shape, with the unemployment rate hitting 23.7 per cent.

The government has slashed spending on public services as part of its austerity drive.

25 thoughts on “Call for anti-austerity general strike in Spain

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  2. TWO fledgling populist and ostensibly anti-austerity parties made only small inroads in their first regional bids for power in Andalusia’s election on Sunday.

    The populist Podemos party, which identifies itself closely with Greece’s governing Syriza party, came third, winning 15 seats in the 109-seat Andalusia parliament.

    And fellow newcomer Ciudadanos, a more right-wing party whose name means “citizens,” finished fourth with nine seats.

    “The political map in Andalusia and Spain has changed,” claimed Podemos candidate Teresa Rodriguez.

    “Some people will read the news tomorrow and think they’ve won,” said Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera. “But we know the two-party system has died.”

    With 96 per cent of the votes counted yesterday, the big loser was the Popular Party of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, which dropped from 50 seats won in 2012 to just 33 on Sunday.

    The Socialists won 47 seats, meaning they will have to make alliances to stay in power in their traditional heartland.

    Other regional elections are due in May and a general election will be held before the end of the year.

    The Socialists have governed Andalusia since 1982 and the newcomers blame Spain’s political establishment for its 34.2 per cent unemployment rate.

    Two former Socialist leaders have been named as suspects in an investigation into how a fund to help the unemployed was allegedly fraudulently managed.

    The Popular Party has also been rocked by scandal, with former treasurer Luis Barcenas in jail after he was found to have held millions of euros in secret Swiss bank accounts.


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    Around 5,000 workers and trade unionists marched through Madrid on Tuesday in support of eight trade unionists whose trial started that day and was expected to last four days.

    The trial of the eight arose from a general strike on September 29, 2010. On that day, the eight joined a picket line outside the gates of Airbus in Getafe in the Madrid suburbs. Riot police broke up the picket, firing shots in the air and rushing the assembled pickets, causing panic, which resulted in injuries.

    Using legislation going back to the Franco period, the eight are being charged with “acting with violence.” If found guilty, they could face a total of 66 years in jail. Some 300 other Spanish workers currently face similar charges. Other demonstrations were planned to coincide with the planned four days of the trial.


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