Tag Archives: Spanish State

8 March: International wave of mass struggle

International Women’s Day 2019 once again became a day of struggle around the world. It is, however, difficult to get an overview of all protests writes Elin Gauffin from Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (sister organisation of the Socialist Party in Sweden) . In some countries, the movement has declined somewhat while at the same time, new movements have emerged in other countries and ...

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Spanish State: Early election announced

Statement from Executive Committee of Revolutionary Left, (CWI in the Spanish State) “Defeat the right in the ballot boxes and in the streets!” Pedro Sanchez’s term is over. A government formed eight months ago after the vote of no confidence against Rajoy, has been brought down by the negative vote in Parliament to the budget proposals. But beyond parliamentary arithmetic, ...

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For a Catalan republic of workers and the people

Statement by Esquerra Revolucionària (our sister organisation in Catalonia and the Spanish State)  The trial against political prisoners accused of organising the 1 October referendum once again highlights the anti-democratic and reactionary nature of the Spanish state and the decision of the PSOE government to disregard the democratic aspirations of the people of Catalonia. By jumping on the bandwagon of reactionary ...

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Spanish State: 1.5 million school students strike against sexism

The general student strike called by the Sindicato de Estudiantes (SE – students union) and Libres y Combativas (free and combative, socialist feminist platform of SE and Izquierda Revolucionaria – sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the Spanish state) has been a powerful success. More than 1.5 million students emptied the classroom with 90% support for the strike in ...

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Catalan elections: Historic defeat for Spanish State reaction

Article by Esquerra Revolucionaria, the Socialist Party’s sister organisation in Catalonia   The Catalan elections on 21 December were a massive defeat for the Spanish nationalist “block of article 155” and an even bigger blow to this block’s main force, the PP party. The capitalist media try to minimise the magnitude of this defeat by talking about the “victory” of Ciudadanos ...

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Spanish State steps up repression in Catalonia

Statement of Izquierda Revolucionaria, sister organisation of the Socialist Party in the Spanish state  The proclamation of the Catalan Republic by the Catalan parliament provoked an immediate, furious response from the Spanish ruling class, state, and PP government as well as from Ciudadanos (right wing Spanish nationalist Party) and PSOE. Through the application of article 155 (see previous article) they ...

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The Spanish State: Its Francoist and repressive roots

By Kevin McLoughlin It’s just two generations ago that people in the Spanish State suffered under the brutal military police dictatorship of Franco. Undoubtedly, the repression imposed in Catalonia brings back memories of that hated time. Discontent grow in the years before Franco’s death in 1975. Fearing revolution from below, the regime was forced to implement some reforms, but in a way ...

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Eyewitness Report: Catalonia and the struggle against Francoist repression

Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry visited Catalonia in the days before and after the 1 October referendum as part of team of international observers. In that time he met young people and workers fighting the repression of the Spanish State. I spent six days in Catalonia at the end of September and the beginning of October. I ...

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Eyewitness report from Mick Barry TD in Catalonia

The following eyewitness report from Barcelona is by Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Mick Barry. More than 150,000 young people joined a mass demonstration against Spanish state repression in Barcelona yesterday (Thursday 28 September). The mobilisation was first called by the militant Sindicato Estudiantes (students union) and then became a united front protest as other anti-repression forces mobilised. The ...

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Paul Murphy TD speaks out against Spanish State repression in Catalonia

Socialist Party member and Solidarity TD Paul Murphy spoke out in defence of the rights of the people of Catalonia to decide their own future in the Dáil this week:  “It is precisely democratic institutions that are under threat from the Spanish Government. It is the democratically elected regional government of Catalonia that has called the referendum which is a ...

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