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Defense Committees in the Catalan Uprising: anarchist style People Power can Win

  
Activists around Europe are buzzing with the  arrival of a new revolutionary force. The Catalan CDRs.. the Republic Defence Committees, characterized by direct, decentralized assembly action. Anarchist organisations except for their aim for a new StateIn just a few weeks over 172 CDRs have sprung up. This is in response to the neo fascist paramilitary repression, jailings and abolition of limited local government. CDRs,, for example in Manresa have called demonstrations up to 5,000 strong a few days after being formed.

The Defence Committees can be traced back to those created by the CNT in the Spanish Revolution to defend the 2nd Republic from  a fascist takeover, which morphed into the revolutionary militias. This time round the CDRs have largely been inspired by the small but influential CUP, a remarkable ‘anarcho-republican’ anti capitalist party.

And then there was the 2nd General Strike on Wed 8th Nov. It was billed as a big flop, called by the tiny CSC, opposed or ignored by all the Trade Unions and faced with massive paramilitary police repression and a pending banning order. Just days before the  Madrid based regime had sponsored  fleets of coaches and even trains to bring in thousands of violent right wing ‘demonstrators’, for a huge demo openly led by thugs sporting swastikas, zieg heils and Francoist symbols.

Is this 1936?? People are pouring out of the barrios and blocking the roads

Nevertheless before 6.00am  on 8th Nov.  thousands of people were blocking the main North -South A7 Motorway from France and Spain in the freezing winter night. Northbound the motorway was closed for over 13 hours at the  La Jonquera French border. Southbound it was still closed at 9.00 pm at Ampolla. Continue reading Defense Committees in the Catalan Uprising: anarchist style People Power can Win

Catalan General Strike 3 Oct.. updating translations . Against Repression.For Civil Rights

see previous  Catalan Referendum Wins.  Main Unions and ANC join General Strike Tuesday    90% YES despite Spanish Police attacks.    844 injured by 10pm shared with thanks from La Directa, Indymedia Barcelona, El Periodico, Vilaweb, Agencia UO, etcImage result for vaga general catalunya

The CGT anarchist union called the General Strike against repression and for Civil Rights, which has now been endorsed by the ‘Table for Democracy’  including all the major Trade Unions and civil Organisations.The ongoing traffic situation in Tarragona province was described as ‘chaotic’ at 10.00am

The Independence Referendum has morphed into a mass rebellion against the neo-fascist central government of thugs and thieves, and is rapidly spreading out of Catalonia around the Spanish State.

Here we try to inform you of minute by minute events with some rough quick translations from the alternative media


 

General Strike against Repression and for Human Rights. Tuesday 3rd Oct 2017

to be updated ..translator went to the demo

21.00

The King’s Speech.. by his Magnificent  Majesty Felipe

The new King came on the telly but instead of acting royal he praised the neo-fascist repression of the PP regime and accused the Catalans of all kinds of shit. Foolish Felipe missed his one opportunity to reunite Spain by ordering the occupying Spanish police thugs home, as his father might have done.

Instead he insulted and  branded all Catalans as living in illegality by going against the Constitution. But of course the Spanish monarchy itself is totally illegal, having been APPOINTED BY A FASCIST DICTATOR who illegally destroyed the 2nd Spanish Republic and murdered hundreds of thousands.

From here the Royal Speech looks like another spectacular own goal.

16.00

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Spanish police move towards the demonstration without their official uniforms. Be aware!

SUMMARY OF THE SITUATION AT THIS TIME

– Massive protests against the police action of 1-O.

– The PSOE (‘ex socialists’ asks to reproach Sáenz de Santamaría for the police violence.

-Though some big firms are trying o stay open there has been massive an unprecedented support for the strike in all sectors.

-Solidarity demonstrations have been held across the Spanish State and some in Europe. But the EU and various States and Establishment media, including the BBC have come out against Catalonia.

-The main theme of people’s anger seems to have extended from demanding Independence to expelling imported brutal Spanish police and demanding civil  and work rights.

– The demonstration is concentrated all the way from the Plaza Universitat and down Via Laietana, moving in the direction Parlament de Catalunya. Although there are also many huge concentrations at different points in Catalonia.

– Barcelona is also without public transport until 17:00 hours. The only 25% and onl till 20.00 Mobility is not guaranteed in the Catalan capital. Public transport in Tarragona and Girona has also been nearly paralysed by the numerous traffic blockades and mass picketing of motorways.Spanish National Police & Guardia Civil are now forces of occupation in Catalunya.

– The PP says  it will not now apply article 155, Direct Rule over Catlunya because of the lack of political support, but it already has done on a de facto basis..

14:49

The adhesion to the general stoppage by the Barcelona City Council has resulted in the suspension of all institutional acts and the convocation of political bodies, as well as the closure of equipment and services not essential to the functioning of the city. Thus, they have not opened the public civic centers, libraries, play centers, centers of old people, family spaces, equipment of the Institute Sports Barcelona (IBE), museums, theaters and centers of art of public ownership.Image result for vaga general catalunya
demonstrators  advised any  strike breakers to close

80% of the more than 10,000 workers of the Barcelona City Council and their entities and companies are not working on Tuesday, after the council of the Catalan capital has joined the “national strike,” according to the institution. The same sources have indicated that at the moment they do not know how many of these workers have supported the general strike called by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT),  the mayor Ada Colau decreed minimum services in the essential services that the City council of Barcelona.

14:34

At 13.10 consumption in the whole peninsular electrical system has been about 1,000 MW lower than last Tuesday, where economic activity was the usual, and not like today that is marked by the general strike called in Catalonia. This difference would be equivalent to stopping a nuclear power plant.

13:47

Click here to see the traffic in the Catalan capital. Not much traffic but heavy delays…Clica aquí

2:00 pm

Thousands of people have entered the Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona and are concentrated in front of the Parliament of Catalonia. The firefighters are in the front row and the Mossos d’Esquadra protect the building. Finally, Universities for the Republic and the Committees in Defense of the Referendum have summoned.
Parliament of Catalonia / Víctor Yustres

13.25 h.

In Sabadell there is one of the most massive mobilizations that are remembered in the city, according to the local police, there are 25,000 people. The demonstration came out of the Macià Axis about an hour ago and will end before the City Hall. Posters of “I was in our home”, referring to the polling station where the concentrated people managed to push the National Police back.
Mass mobilization in Sabadell / Emma Giné

13.05 h.

The pickets manage to close several establishments of Mercadona: in Tarragona, Terrassa, Salt, Vic, some neighborhoods of Barcelona and Balaguer, with tractors, among others.
The tractors have managed to close the Mercadona de Balaguer

12.52 h.

In Valls the accesses to the Industrial Estate  have been cut at dawn.  About 100 tractors from all of the Alt Camp have concentrated on the Cooperativa Agrícola de Valls to organize more actions during the rest of the day. In the morning, news pickets have closed the supermarkets Aldi, Lidl, Mercadona and Carrefour, while the small business have joined massively the Strike call. At 12 noon there was a crowded concentration on the square  with the support of a tractor .
/Elisenda Trilla

12:45

The multitudinous demonstration in the square of Universitat of Barcelona makes the zone impassable. Torrents of students come on foot from Diagonal and other city campuses. A few hundred adults have joined them along the way. They sing slogans against violence and police repression. In fact, the concentration overflows the square, fills the Gran Via beyond Roger de Llúria (towards Besòs)

12.40 h.

Dozens of tractors start to leave the Sucre de Vic car park towards the confluence between the C-17 with the C-25, the transverse area, at the height of Gurb.
/ Dolors Pena

 

Parlament de Catalunya / Víctor Yustres

13.25 h. 

 

The Tractor Army ready to intervene/ Dolors Pena

12.30  Girona, a city of only 98,000

Mass picket Oct 3rd already at 11.00 am at Police HQ in Via Laietana, Barcelona
12.15
In the city of Tarragona, the first pickets began early in the morning, with cuts on the highway and main accesses to the city. The call for concentration has brought together thousands of people who have protested before the Subdelegation of the Spanish government. Finally, the march has followed and passed El Crte Ingles and a Mercadona, which had blinds down. Backing the strike is practically total except for some chains such as Mercadona.
La rambla de Lluís Companys de Tarragona plena a vessar / Comitè en Defensa del Referèndum i l’Autodeterminació a Tarragona

Catalonia: Anarchists call for general Strike / Defense Committees against State Repression

note: there is a huge amount of Catalan news right now, with the referendum 6 days away. This is a sample only. Today the University was occupied and there was a mass postering around the city, etc.

see very latest  Catalan Referendum Wins.  Main Unions and ANC join anarchist led General Strike Tuesday    90% YES despite Spanish Police attacks.    844 injured by 10pm

see also 28/09 Catalans begin Occupying 2702 Polling Stations./ Google ordered to Delete Voting App

Alternative trade unions in Catalonia call for general strike for October 3

A van of the occupying paramilitary police , swamped by the multitude and trapped for half a day.

The General Confederation of Workers (CGT) of Catalonia has presented a notice of call for general strike. The protest must be ratified by union members’ assemblies, sources from the organization’s secretariat said.

‘Unite the Struggles.. Towards the General Strike’


According to the union secretary general, Ermengol Gassiot, the general strike has been set for October 3 “because of the legal deadlines to be followed.” This call is made, for two reasons: “on the one hand, to claim the social and labor rights violated by the labor reforms since 2010 and, on the other, to fight against the cuts of fundamental rights and against the presence of armed forces in our places of work “.

see also/    ‘Spain’ accuses 100,000 Catalans of Sedition.. Schools on Strike.. Universities Occupied

Manifestació CGT. 27 i més
Manifestació CGT. 27 i més… anarcho syndicalist solidarity demo

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Biggest ever general Strike Sweeps Brazil

Anti-Temer strike paralyses major cities

Brazil’s economy shrank 3.8 percent in 2015 ..

Nationwide strikes, led by Brazilian unions protesting against President Michel Temer’s austerity measures, crippled public transport in major cities across the country, while factories, businesses and schools remained closed.

Cities were successfully closed down despite floods of Tear Gas

Unions and leftwing organisations called for the general strike on Friday to oppose Temer’s plan to slash pension benefits and other austerity reforms.The strike appeared to be having greatest effect in heavily unionised parts of the economy, including transportation, schools, the post office and some hospital staff.

The CUT union estimated that at least 35 million workers went on strike. On the other hand  the establishment GLOBO TV channel incredibly failed to mention the strike on its mid day news.

On the streets, police clashed with demonstrators in several cities, blocking protesters from entering airports and firing tear gas in efforts to free roadways.

Sao Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city and financial powerhouse, was worst hit by the strikes.

Police used tear gas to clear highways of protesters but bus services, the metro and trains all stopped working, bringing the city temporarily to a standstill.

Demonstrators are protesting President Temer’s austerity measures [Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

“It is going to be the biggest strike in the history of Brazil,” said Paulo Pereira da Silva, president of trade union group Forca Sindical.

In Rio de Janeiro, protesters lit fires on a major bridge, disrupting commuter traffic, while police used tear gas to force a small crowd of protesters from outside the main bus station.

Buses burn in the Rio de Janeiro Demo

However, the city appeared to be less affected, with private businesses such as restaurants, cafes and shops opening normally.

In the capital Brasilia and in Belo Horizonte, another major city, the metro systems were completely closed down. Curitiba, the city where Brazil’s huge “Operation Car Wash” anti-corruption investigation is based, was left without bus services.

Temer has said that without severe fiscal discipline and belt tightening, Latin America’s biggest economy will not be able to exit a two-year recession.

BRAZIL: Just In – Unemployment rate rises to 13.7%. (14.2m unemployed). Unemployment rate more that doubles in past 3 years.   2:35 PM – 28 Apr 2017    4141 Retweets     3535 likes

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The most controversial measure is to raise the retirement age to 65 for men and 62 for women, up from 60 and 55 at present.

The government is also pushing for a liberalisation of labour laws and has succeeded in getting Congress to pass a 20-year spending freeze.

The struggle over austerity comes against a backdrop of worsening conditions for ordinary Brazilians.

The country’s economy shrank 3.8 percent in 2015 and is expected to have contracted a further 3.5 percent in 2016, the most painful recession in a century.

The struggle over austerity comes against a backdrop of worsening conditions for ordinary Brazilians [Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

The miserable economic scenario is dovetailing with the country’s worst corruption crisis in history. The “Car Wash” probe has uncovered a massive network of embezzlement and bribery at the heart of Brazil’s economic and political elite.

Eight of Temer’s ministers are under investigation and the president himself has been accused of chairing a meeting where his PMDB party negotiated a $40m bribe from the Odebrecht engineering conglomerate. Temer and his allies deny any wrongdoing.

“Temer does not even want to negotiate,” said Vagner Freitas, national president of the Central Workers Union (CUT), Brazil’s biggest labour confederation, said in a statement.

“He just wants to meet the demands of the businessmen who financed the coup precisely to end social security and legalise the exploitation of workers.”

Temer’s spokesperson Marcio de Freitas rejected the union’s criticism, saying the government was working to undo the economic damage wrought under the Workers Party government, which had the backing of the CUT.

“The inheritance of that was 13 million unemployed,” he said. “The government is carrying out reforms to change this situation, to create jobs and economic growth.”

Source: News agencies

How Immigrants Built the US Left—And Can Rebuild It Again

 by Nelson Lichtenstein iww-today

Last Thursday’s “Day Without Immigrants” work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant America.3drumpf

Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a “huelga general,” (General Strike) the February 16 coast-to-coast walkouts augur well for an even larger set of strikes and demonstrations, including a March 8 “Day Without a Woman” and quite possibly a May Day general strike, already endorsed by one of the Service Employees International Union’s biggest and most active California locals….

see also:  Tens of Thousands Strike, Close Businesses & March in Milwaukee for #daywithoutlatinos

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IWW strikes Victory in the Lawrence, MA, textile strike in 1912 secured the organization’s reputation for organizing immigrant … The Labor World 09-16-1906 ….. This has been the first major win in Prince Rupert for theI.W.W., Industrial Worker, 10-27-1909.

…The energy and upheaval unleashed by the Trump administration’s assault on Muslims, Latinos, and other immigrants, documented or not, has been directed toward a restoration of their rights and dignity, toward the family reunions and free passage into our country that have been happily broadcast from airports all across the country—and rightly so. Continue reading How Immigrants Built the US Left—And Can Rebuild It Again

General Strike Fri 17th as anti Trump demos go Viral.. Strike back Now or Never!

 It could be the biggest Strike in the US for generations and spread through Mexico, Latin America and even to  Europe.general-strike-17-feb

Millions of women came out worldwide after Trump’s neo-fascist inauguration. In  recent days hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets against the deportation of their neighbours. Tens of thousands of Latinos have struck, 70 cities have seen demos against Standing Rock and fossil fuels…..

Now is the time!  We must strike while the issues are hot.. Before the new nazis and thought police  make resistance impossible


Los Angeles protest occurring now against ICE raids following reports that ICE took non-criminals into custody today. pic.twitter.com/apVCJxLTMd

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1.2 million on streets in French Strikes. First ‘Nuit Debout’ occupations evicted

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Nuit Debout (‘WideAwake Night’): police evict the ’15 -M ‘in Paris. At 18:00 1st April reconvening

By Kaos. International .  google translationThe new law will allow companies to fire workers by reducing benefits without going into losses and sick leave depend only on collective agreements and cease to be guaranteed by law. Compensation for unfair dismissal will also be reduced: it will take a minimum of 12 months’ salary for 6 months and only if the worker had at least two years in the company.

The state of emergency, labor reform, opposition to the construction of a new airport in Nantes and the convergence of many more struggles have crystallized in a camp in the Place de la Republique in Paris. The Convergence of struggles group called not go home after the general strike on March 31 against the labor law and stay up all night (Nuit Debout). Although the original call was limited to Paris, they had called in at least 20 other cities. The protest only caught on in Paris, Lyon and Nantes. In Bordeaux and Caen demonstrators they were evicted by police. A theater has been busy in Toulouse.

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Between 5 and 6 am, concentrations in Paris and Nantes have been evicted by police peacefully. More than 100 riot police have surrounded the audience and forced to go underground, pushing the shields to those who offered passive resistance. It has lived a moment of tension when a fall occurs in the descent to the subway but the incident has not gone higher. The police have forced the last protesters who chose not to disperse to enter trains  . After the eviction, protesters called to meet again today 1st April at 18.00 in the Plaza of the Republic for another night stands. Continue reading 1.2 million on streets in French Strikes. First ‘Nuit Debout’ occupations evicted

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