Thousands marched yesterday in Spain near the parliament building, demanding the resignation of Mariano Rajoy’s government as well as the rewrite of constitution. The police have fired rubber bullets and baton-charged protesters. Spanish media reported that at least 32 people had been detained and more than a dozen injured. The protesters dispersed after MPs left the building.
On Saturday 15 September, the people in Portugal took the streets again to protest against the Troika and the austerity measures imposed by the Government. Between 700 thousands and a million, in over 40 cities in Portugal and abroad, they took part in what is probably the biggest protest that has ever happened in the country since the Revolution in 1974. Massive numbers, demanding the immediate suspension of the austerity measures, asking the PM to resign and the Troika to leave the country, under the banner Que se Lixe a Troika! Queremos as Nossas Vidas! (Screw troika! We want our lives!)
The above video shows a small group of street thugs and members of the Greek far-right party Golden Dawn, attacking street vendors in Rafina (area of Athens). The far-right gangs destroyed the merchandise of the vendors, only because they are immigrants. Similar anti-immigrant thuggery recently took place in many other areas of Athens, and also in the city of Messolonghi, where MPs that belong to this ultra-nationalist and openly xenophobic organisation, ruthlessly assaulted against migrants.
Over 300 students, lecturers, and members of the University and College Union gathered outside the Home Office in central London today (Sept 5th) against the UK Borders Agency’s decision to revoke the London Metropolitan Univeristy’s licence to teach non-EU students. A petition signed by more than 2500 people was handed in to officials, which demands an amnesty for the 2700 international students at LMU at risk of deportation.
We have seen shocking images of the South African police opening fire on striking miners in the north west of the country. It has been described as the ‘worst day of violence since the end of Apartheid’. 34 people have died and 78 people injured. The ANC government declared the strike – over a pay dispute at the Lonmin platinum mine – illegal and ordered the police to disperse the strikers after the weeklong violent protest..
On Sunday morning, at 04.30 am, approximately, an Iraqi immigrant was stabbed to death on Anaxagora Street (Athens) by a group of far right thugs. According to eye-witnesses, the perpetrators of the attack were five motorcyclists who, a few hours earlier, in the same area, attempted to attack another two migrants but, successfully, managed to escape. Later on, a young male called Andreas Asimakopoulos, in his Facebook account, declared that he participated
Clashes occurred in Skouries, Chalkidiki between local residents and police during a demonstration against the establishment of gold mines by Canadian Eldorado Gold. The police forces made extensive use of chemicals, and plastic bullets. Note that logging has started for the creation of the mines by Eldorado Gold and AKTOR. The march started from Ierrisos with the protesters shouting slogans such as “they talk about profits and losses, we are talking about human lives.”…
“A group of young Syrian anarchists and anti–authoritarians from Aleppo – Syria, contacted me asking for urgent help. Their community is in urgent need for everything: medical drugs, tents, children milk, etc; almost everything. We hope that you can help them to alleviate the sufferings of Syrians in these difficult days. About the actual situation in Syria, it is deteriorating rapidly.”
There is no doubt that social tension is on the rise throughout Spain. The government will have a very hard time to legislate as even its traditional allies are turning their backs. In a very significant declaration last Tuesday, the AUME (Unified Association of the Spanish Military) announced that it will support future popular protests, as a response to the reduction of their retributions and rights. Secretary General Mariano Casado, told the Público newspaper that AUME “might even contemplate calling for specific protests” involving all of its current members if the Ministry of Defense does not step back. This would be the first time in Spanish history for the military to organize a demonstration against a Conservative government led by the PP.
28-6-2012: More than 100.000 Chilean students and workers demonstrated in the capital Santiago, demanding free education for all. The protesters walked in front of the Presidential Palace, La Moneda, and the Ministry of Education. The Confederation of Chilean Students (Confech) accused the police of suppressing the massive march with attacks and tear gas, despite the fact that they had committed themselves not to intervene…