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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:30 AM

Europe's workers stage austerity protests

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AP)

BRUSSELS

Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region.

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"There is a social emergency in the south," said Bernadette Segol, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation. "All recognize that the policies carried out now are unfair and not working."

Spain's General Workers' Union said the nationwide stoppage the second this year, was being observed by nearly all workers in the automobile, energy, shipbuilding and constructions industries. The country, left reeling by a series of austerity measures designed to prevent it from asking for a full-blown international bailout, mired in recession with 50 percent unemployment among the under-25s.

"Of course it's a political strike, against the policies of a suicidal and anti-social government," said Ignacio Fernandez Toxo, a CCOO Spanish union leader.


Read more: http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/labor/spain-says-32-arrested-as-general-strike-begins/nS58J/



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Reply Europe's workers stage austerity protests (Original post)
Cal Carpenter Nov 2012 OP
deutsey Nov 2012 #1
Cal Carpenter Nov 2012 #2
Cal Carpenter Nov 2012 #3
PETRUS Nov 2012 #4
limpyhobbler Nov 2012 #5
BelgianMadCow Nov 2012 #6
Cal Carpenter Nov 2012 #7
BelgianMadCow Nov 2012 #8
socialist_n_TN Nov 2012 #9

Response to Cal Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:39 AM

1. From The Guardian's live blog

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/14/eurozone-crisis-general-strikes-protest-day-of-action

Spain:
General strike all day. Major protest in the centre of Madrid tonight. Around 600 flights have been cancelled (according to Sky). And just 20% of train services are expected to run.

Portugal
General strike all day. Protests in 40 Portuguese towns and cities. Around 160 flights cancelled. Lisbon Metro is closed. Just 10% of train services are expected to run.

Greece
A three-hour stoppage from noon (10am GMT). Rallies in Athens from noon, ending in Syntagma Square. EasyJet has rescheduled 10 flights (more details on disruption in Greece here)

Italy
Workers will hold a four-hour stoppage.

France
No official strike, but demonstrations are taking place across the country.

Belgium
Rail workers are on strike, disrupting services (see 8.20am)

UK
Anti-austerity rally in Westminster tonight.

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Response to Cal Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:53 AM

2. PICS:





Workers from Telefonica phone company take part in a demonstration blocking the traffic and protesting against the unjustified dismissals at their company ahead of a general strike in Barcelona, Nov. 13, 2012.

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Madrid, Spain



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Response to Cal Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:58 AM

3. More PICS

Rome, Italy




Madrid, Spain

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Response to Cal Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:26 PM

4. K&R

The photo of the hooded people in blue shirts is haunting.

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Response to Cal Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:51 PM

5. k/r.

It wouldn't hurt to do this here is the US every once in a while.

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Response to Cal Carpenter (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:47 PM

6. Spain is figuratively speaking on fire people! Revolution looks close.

800.000 people in demonstrations according to the government (!)
Mossos (national riot police) deployed in Barcelona without approval from local govt
Hundreds of injured & arrested
At 8 in the morning (! strike started at midnight) the government announces "everything is normal".

Check the article in El Pais out, it's quite incredible to see:
http://politica.elpais.com/politica/2012/11/13/actualidad/1352836064_525955.html

on edit: I actually had this video collection in mind (liev feed is down since about half an hour):
http://elpais.com/especiales/2012/huelga-general/?autoplay=1

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 09:38 AM

7. Thanks for the links, BelgianMadCow

I really appreciate it.

It's important for the US to see what is happening 'over there' and to understand what it means in the bigger, global economic picture. It's frustrating how little interest there is in this... I guess there aren't enough socialites and sex scandals in this story... but socialites and sex scandals rarely change the world. Workers' movements do!!

Power to the people!!

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Response to Cal Carpenter (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:14 PM

8. You're welcome. The protest in Spain hasn't stopped since 15-M

In case you missed it, the "Occupy Congress"-demonstration on the 25th of September and several following days were huge as well. Students and teachers have been out in the hundreds of thousands too, and held a three-day school strike which was pretty universally followed.

It really isn't stopping there. But looking at the police response, and with laws planned to curb spontaneous demonstrations, it doesn't look like the government plans to listen, rather to repress.

I can also tell you that it isn't just in the US that the protest in southern Europe is strongly underreported. Our mainstream media has been eerily quiet as well - lest we get ideas, or more likely, see what's coming. Nowadays, when I wonder what really is up, I go check out Al-Jazeera and local newspapers.

I get the feeling that people are kind of waking up / not taking further neoliberalism and fake democracy in many many countries, but we will only stand a chance if we unite. The powers we are up against have globalised since decades - but on Europe's anti-austerity day, there was very little action in the north. Seems we think we can ride it out... Belgium has the north/south divide running through its country, and we had a total rail strike in the southern walloon region, whereas the northern flanders region had only symbolic actions and half-hearted lip service.


power to the people indeed!

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Response to BelgianMadCow (Reply #8)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 06:49 PM

9. I sincerely hope that at some point in the future.....

the people of this country join our comrades in southern Europe in this. Solidarity!

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