BREAKING NEWS - September 25 2012, Madrid, Spain - Citizens have surrounded the Congress building in Madrid and are demanding immediate resignation of the Government.
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Protesters blockade Mexico’s biggest TV station
July 27, 2012
Thousands of protesters on Thursday blockaded the studios of Mexico’s most popular TV network, accusing it of biased coverage of the July 1 presidential election.
Shouting “Tell the truth,” the demonstrators, including students and union workers, stopped employees entering the offices of the Televisa studios in Mexico City although they allowed others to leave.
The protesters allege that Televisa supported Enrique Pena Nieto, who won the election by almost 7 percentage points over leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
The protesters promised to continue the blockade for 24 hours.
Televisa, which carried on broadcasting as normal, argues that it covered the election fairly and gave all candidates time on prime-time news shows.
Televisa is the world’s most popular Spanish language network and sells its soap operas around the globe.
Lopez Obrador has claimed that Pena Nieto paid Televisa for favorable coverage and bought votes. He has filed a legal challenge to the vote with an electoral tribunal, asking it to annul the ballot.
The tribunal has until September to rule on the accusations and officially declare Pena Nieto as president. It is widely expected to uphold the vote.
Spanish stocks fell sharply on Monday amid fears that a number of regional governments will ask Madrid for financial support. The falls come after Spain’s IBEX index fell by nearly 6 percent on Friday when Valencia, a region on Spain’s southern coast, said it would seek financial support from the central government.
Spanish 10-year borrowing costs rose sharply to trade around 7.5 percent having traded below the key 7 percent mark just days ago.
Over the weekend media reports indicated Murcia, a small region to the south of Madrid would be the second of Spain’s 17 highly indebted regional governments to seek aid. Speaking in a local newspaper, the head of Murcia’s local government Ramon Luis Valcarcel said he hoped to tap government funds.
Government employees in Madrid hold signs reading ”This is a hold-up” during a demonstration against the Spanish government’s latest austerity measures. (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
[What few have realized is that due to the Libor Scandal, the banks have no more money, regardless of what Ben Bernanke prints. Paper is just paper. There is nothing behind it. The balance sheets of all the banks are nothing but zeros. The 1% already removed the gold, silver, and they own claim on all the real estate in the world now. The only thing that humanity can do is stage a global revolution. Game over. Realty starts now. - my comment]
Hundreds of Spanish firemen, police officers and nurses marched yelling through the streets Monday, denouncing as “robbery” the pay cuts enforced under Spain’s latest fiscal emergency plan.
"Hands up, this is a robbery," cried protestors as they blocked a major thoroughfare in central Madrid in a demonstration organised through messages on social networking sites such as Twitter.
The latest protests erupted after Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy last week announced new pay cuts and tax increases, aiming to save 65 billion euros ($80 billion) in order to lower the public deficit.
Spain is suffering its second recession in four years, with an unemployment rate of more than 24 percent.
Cuts to public budgets are already affecting services such as schools and hospitals and critics say Rajoy’s new austerity measures will worsen economic conditions for ordinary people.
Among the latest steps is a cut in the Christmas bonus paid to civil servants, equivalent to a seven-percent reduction in annual pay.
"It’s intolerable. The problems of the Spanish state don’t stem from civil servants… It’s unfair and shameful," said nurse Miguel Contreras, 28, who came to protest in the capital Monday from the central Castilla-La Mancha region.
"There are hospitals with whole floors that are not being used because they are firing and cutting jobs. We have little hope, but staying sat at home would just make it easier for the government to keep on doing what it wants."
Thousands of people protested on the streets of Madrid on Friday after the government approved the measures, and again on Sunday evening, when they marched to the parliament where access was blocked by riot police.
Introduced by a conservative government under pressure from the European Union to stabilise Spain’s public finances, the latest measures also raised value-added sales tax, with the upper limit rising from 18 to 21 percent.
"These measures will ruin Spain. We don’t consume, we don’t shop anymore. We have to hit the streets, we can’t just sit there," said regional government worker Angeles Carrasco, 57.
Spain’s two main unions, UGT and CCOO, have called for a day of demonstrations on Thursday.
CCOO leader Ignacio Fernandez Toxo said on Monday that a general strike later was “inevitable” if the government maintained the austerity plan. This year has already seen one general strike, in March.
Unions have called for the protests to be peaceful but clashes broke out on the fringes of some demonstrations in Madrid last week, including a major march by striking coal miners on Wednesday.
Small groups of protestors threw stones and police fired rubber bullets, beat some protestors with batons and made several arrests.
Spain will this month become the fourth eurozone country, after Greece, Ireland and Portugal, to get bailout funds when it receives the first tranche of a 100-billion-euro kitty for its banking sector.
The bailout has annoyed ordinary Spaniards who feel their banks are being rewarded while they endure cuts.
The axing of the bonus for civil servants came on top of an earlier pay cut in 2010, after which their salaries were frozen.
"We can’t buy presents and food at Christmas," said Maria Garcia, 50, an administrative worker for the regional government who attended Monday’s demonstration during her half-hour morning coffee break.
"If the vacuum cleaner breaks, you have to clean with a broom."
Hydrangea = Ajisai Revolution
16 months have passed. None of the official data has been released from the government, but thousands of deaths are suspected to have something to do with radiation from Fukushima. From children to old people, from Fukushima to Tokyo, and even to California, countless numbers of lives are now threatened. Unborn lives are deprived.
Men and women, who were healthy until 311, now suffer from unknown symptoms and the government prohibits hospitals from treating the people properly.
To downplay the worst nuclear accident, governments, mass-media, companies, and public organizations all have concealed information. All have manipulated the people and committed criminal gross negligence.
On the pretext of assuring a “stable power supply”, the Japanese government and power companies are boiling water in the worst possible way in space - with nuclear power. From India, to England, and to Japan, you see numbers of dead bodies in the bottom of the vessels…. and now, no food is left uncontaminated.
It’s not only fallout from Fukushima, but it’s also the radioactive debris and the contaminated food that now kills us, as survivors. Knowing that all these things, the debris, our food supplies, and our water are all contaminated, the Japanese government moves the debris all around in Japan, and even to Saipan, and US occupied Islands, instead of moving the children and citizens from harms way.
To admit the true scope of all the Japanese land, which is now contaminated forever, amounts to an act of shame that no Japanese Official can report to the people, without committing sepaku.
What can we feed our babies? Japanese government made our babies the final disposal site.
We have no information, no safe food, nowhere to go, but the government restarted Ohi nuclear plant and they are planning to restart Monju, a fast-breeding reactor in August.
Will we let them kill ourselves to the last man?
No, we won’t.
What the government restarted was not the nuclear plant. They restarted our spirit.
We will fight to the last man.
But we are having more and more last men. From Osaka, Chiba, Ohi, and in Tokyo, more and more people are joining protest.
Ohi three hundred showed us how to fight. Japanese government restarted the nuclear plant, but we will never give up.
Please watch us standing. We were the sleeping crane for years. Wings are broken, feathers fell out, but we are finally waking up. We are going to stand up again and spread the wings to kill all the ticks that bred while we were sleeping too long. We are already exposed too much, but there are still new lives underneath the feathers.
On 6/29/2012, the wings of 200,000 people surrounded official residence.
The next Friday, police tried to keep us underground though streets and official residence are all made by our own tax.
…but this is just the beginning.
Japanese and French named the series of protests the “AJISAI revolution / La révolution des hortensias”. Ajisai is hydrangea.
It blooms in June, a lot of small flowers make one big flower. It has variety of colors and one flower changes its color as well.
This protest has nothing to do with ideology. This is the survival instinct of human nature.
We will never forgive the government, and will never forget what they have done.
We are going to change our country by ourselves.
This is the war of the truth to annihilate all the lies of government.
Please keep us supported and tell your neighbor what we are doing. This is the war against mass media, power companies, and all those tax eaters to get our land back.
“No restart. We don’t feel “the life” in it.” [Link]
Workers at Mining Industry factory in Northern Greece vote for factory self-management
July 11, 2012
“You can’t? We can!” Workers at Mining Industry factory in Northern Greece vote for and prepare for self-management of their factory – victory to the workers!
Concerning the struggle at VIOMIHANIKI METALLEYTIKI (Mining Industry) in Thessaloniki
The administration of VIOMIHANIKI METALLEYTIKI, a subsidiary of Filkeram-Johnson, has abandoned the factory since May 2011, along with its workers. In response, the workers of the factory abstain from work (epishesi ergasias: the legal right of workers to abstain from work should their employer delay their payment) since September 2011. The Workers Union at Viomihaniki Metalleutiki has organised 40 workers all of which are, to date (one year after the closure of the factory) active, taking shifts at the factory to ensure that no equipment is removed by the administration or stolen. All the workers also participate in the General Assemblies.
The proposal of the Union in order to escape this dead end – as the Administration has stated the factory will not reopen, due to the lack of funds – is for the factory to go into workers control, a proposal voted by 98% of the workers at the General Assembly. More specifically they ask for the factory to be passed on to the workers and for all the members of the Administration and workers sitting in the administrative council to resign, with no claims from the future workers’ self-management of the factory.
July 11, 2012
According to Portuguese health ministry, the strike which began on Wednesday will lead to the cancellation of 400,000 appointments and nearly 4,500 operations.
“We have no doubt that the strike will be a resounding success and that the protest will assemble thousands of white…
MADRID — Tens of thousands of Spaniards joined coal miners who marched with their helmet lamps shining in the dark Wednesday in a protest at industry subsidy cuts that they say threaten their communities.
Some 400 miners in white hard hats and blue overalls were joined by a multitude of ordinary citizens, also angered by the economic cuts the government has made in response to the financial and economic crisis.
"Miners, stick it out, Spain is rising up!" they chanted, to the sound of drums and the boom of high-powered fireworks as the miners edged along the broad avenues, swamped by the crowd of sympathisers.
Weeks of protests by miners in the north have boiled over into violent clashes with police, but the march dispersed peacefully early Wednesday after meeting more crowds on the central Puerta del Sol square in the middle of the night.
"We are all miners," read one banner hoisted as the miners’ cortege weaved through the crowd amid deafening cheers.
"We didn’t expect such a big welcome, much less," said Roberto Quintas, 50, a miner of 22 years, who along with hundreds of others had hiked hundreds of miles from the north in protest.
"The fact people are coming into the street and mobilising is a good sign," added Quintas, tired after marching from the far northern town of Villablino near Leon.
The miners planned a second Madrid demonstration later on Wednesday morning, which unions hoped would draw at least 25,000 people.
They are protesting the government’s decision to slash coal industry subsidies this year to 111 million euros ($142 million) from 301 million euros last year, which they say threatens 30,000 jobs directly and indirectly.
Unions say the cuts will destroy coal mining, which relies on state aid to compete with cheaper imports.
"The fight is for something just, we are just coming to claim what is ours," said Manuel Cinoceda, a 55-year-old miner from the Aragon region who took early retirement, as his group entered Madrid on Tuesday.
The entry into Madrid after a two-week journey on foot of more than 400 kilometres (250 miles) was hailed by car drivers beeping their horns and some fire engines sounding their sirens.
"Except for a few towns, we have been very warmly welcomed almost everywhere," said Antonio Risco, 52, who joined the Aragon marchers after leaving the Cordoban mining region of Guadiato de Penarroya.
"We have to make this government realise that the mining regions have to survive and coal, too, because it is a native energy, which comes from the country and is cheap," said Risco, who retired after 22 years’ work.
Spanish coal’s state subsidies are due to be eliminated by 2018 under European Union agreements.
Spain’s mines have been gradually closing over the past 20 years. Only around 40 are still active, mostly in the north, and they employ about 8,000 miners as well as sustaining other jobs indirectly.
Many towns rely on them, said Francisco Martin, a 35-year-old miner from the northern town of Arino.
"If they close this, there is nothing. They have had many years to re-industrialise but they have done nothing. If they close the mine, they throw us out and where are we going to go?"
Their protests in the north, with miners firing rockets and police responding with rubber bullets, have been the most volatile in months of demonstrations in various sectors across Spain against the cuts
Under pressure from financial markets and its European neighbours to stabilise Spain’s public finances, the conservative government has announced deep spending cuts.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was expected to announce more such measures in an address to parliament scheduled on Wednesday morning.
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SPAIN tonight July 10th 2012
Gran vía / Pl. España -Madrid hace Unos minutos. Sin palabras #NOCHEminera #marchanegra #resistenciaminera #15m #indignados
SYRIZA and the way forward
June 25, 2012
The conservative New Democracy party will lead a new government in Greece after two stunning elections in which it barely defeated the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, a coalition of left-wing parties and organizations committed to tearing up the “Memorandum”—the former government’s commitment to drastic austerity measures that have plunged Greece into a depression and slashed working-class living standards.
SYRIZA skyrocketed from minor party status to win 16.7 percent of the vote in the May 6 election, and 26.9 percent on June 17—outpacing other left options, including the Communist Party and the smaller anti-capitalist coalition ANTARSYA. Frighteningly, the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn also did well in the polarized vote, and will have 18 seats in the new parliament.
The, a revolutionary socialist organization and one of the founding groups in SYRIZA in 2004, issued this statement about the results on June 17, and what comes next for the left in Greece. It follows:
1. The results of the election on June 17 were a continuation of the political earthquake of May 6, which radically altered the balance of political forces.
The showing for the left, expressed in the decisive support for SYRIZA among the working class and the popular classes—created panic among the local ruling class, and also among its international allies. At the same time, it created a wave of hope, excitement and solidarity for the resistance movement and the left, both at the European level and globally.
This achievement of the working class of May 6 and June 17 must be defended, and it must be completed.
2. The results of this election prove that the goal of overthrowing the pro-austerity forces and electing a left-wing government that would take on the task of stopping the attacks of the capitalists, the EU and the IMF in order to protect the interests of the working class was possible. SYRIZA, by throwing all its forces in the pursuit of that goal, in a determined way and with an honest attitude based on unity, succeeded in winning massive growth on a level that is unprecedented in all the years since the military junta that fell four decades ago.
United, we can win! We can succeed in bringing a radical change in Greece, and we can fuel the fire that is simmering in Europe.