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
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Click here to see the traffic in the Catalan capital. Not much traffic but heavy delays…Clica aquí
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
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
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
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 .
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)
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
12.30 Girona, a city of only 98,000
Hundreds have occupied The High Speed Train Station in Girona and stopped the trains.. Centenars de persones ocupen l’estació de l’AVE a Girona i aconsegueixen aturar la circulació de trens
Festive atmosphere in Puigcerdà at the border with France, at the Guingueta d’Ix. Roads have been cut by the neighbors. @ 324cat
The biggest demonstration in 35 years , already in the streets of #SantCeloni #Vagageneral # 3OCT pic.twitter.com/8QzhodG1mu
– Helena López Vallejo (@ Hlopezvallejo) October 3, 2017
The ports of Barcelona and Tarragona have paralyzed their activity, both maritime and land, as a consequence of the general strike. From the Port of Barcelona they have pointed out that only minimal services are provided for passage, since the installations have docked two cruisers, and also to handle specific goods, like perishable products. The same happens in the Port of Tarragona, where they are also providing minimum services only for passage, security controls and dangerous goods. The activity is expected to be paralyzed in both ports as a result of the strike, with the exception of the minimum services mentioned.
Some big industries like the SEAT plant in Martorell claim to be functioning with ‘complete normality’.
The CAPs Public Health Centers are closed by the general strike, except if it is a CUAP of Emergencies. Hospitals are opening just a few emergency rooms. It is not easy to reach either.
”Different mass pickets are beginning to complicate mobility in Barcelona. Numerous people invade the road in streets that are not yet closed to traffic. The main difficulties: Diagonal, between Gregorio Marañón and Pius XII cut in both directions. Comte d’Urgell, cut between Francesc Macià and London. Restrictions in Aragon and cuts in much of the center of the city (Plaza de la Universidad, Pelai, Plaza de Catalunya, Via Laietana). In the rest, for now, relative normality”. from El Periódico with thanks
11. 20 h.
Most shops in Lleida have joined the general strike. The ‘information’ pickets have gone to the Renfe rail station, the Mercadona supermarket and have now they cross the main street asking to close the few shops that are still open. At the same time, a silent concentration is taking place at Mariola’s adult school, one of the polling stations where a person was seriously injured during the police charges during the referendum day. Relatives of the injured person confirm that they “hit him in the back, testicles and arms.” They also claim, however, that “he would return without hesitation.” They thank the people who helped him, “because he would have died here.”
Concentration in front of Mariola / Joana Soto’s adult school
11:00 p.m. Half a thousand people are concentrated at the gates of the Ramon Llull school in Barcelona, the city’s electoral college that received one of the toughest police interventions during the referendum celebration. The neighbours cut off the Consell de Cent street in the shout of “we are people of peace”, “the streets will always be ours” and “Spanish, manipulative press”. The children of the educational center have wet their hands with colored paint to leave their prints on the road asphalt along with the motto “we are a worthy people.”
Practically all Catalan schools have closed their doors today after the students did not attend, following the call for a general strike supported by the Government, which yesterday authorized the schools to close if students did not show up for class.
10:37 Tues.3 oct
The main cultural institutions in Catalonia, from the National Theater of Catalonia (TNC), the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), the business committee of the Liceu or the Ateneu Barcelonès have joined the general strike convened in rejection the violent acts of 1-O. The Sagrada Família temple and main tourist attraction of Barcelona, has closed its doors for the same reason, as has La Pedrera de Gaudí and the Barça Museum. It has also joined the Gremi de Llibreters de Catalunya, which “strongly condemns the unjustifiable repression of the police forces of the State and solidarity with the victims.”
10.18 h. Right now there are 57 main roads blocked including the main motorways of Catalunya. L’AP7, l’A2, la C17, la C32 and the NII
Most of the shops in the city center of Barcelona have dawned closed on Tuesday, following the call for a general strike . La Rambla kiosks, historic bakeries and shops that open every day of the year, have decided to lower their blinds, while some large chains have opened theircafes. Other chains like Desigual, Mango, El Corte Inglés (famous for its far right ownership and defiance of strikes) and Mercadona have decided to open. The chains Bon Preu and Grup Ametller Origin, Bon Área, Keisy and Sorli announced Monday that they would cease their activity.
Demo called by the CNT outside HQ of the PP ruling party protected by Catalan cops with a cordon set up by the firemen. ”Some 2,000 people have concentrated this morning in front of the PP headquarters in Catalunya, whom they see as the “culprits” of the police action of 1-O. The mobilization has been called by the CNT in the framework of the ‘Stop the country’ on Tuesday under the motto ‘Guilty of labor reform, the militarization of the city and the misery of women workers. The spokesmen of the CNT have read a statement in which they have defended the strike as a rejection of “labor reforms and the continuing loss of rights for the working class added to the concern about the actions of the different repressive bodies of the State.”
#3OA Tractor demo closed access to Girona Airport. Passengers continued on foot.
We update road traffic data: A total of 24 demonstrations cut off the circulation of several roads and highways in Catalonia early this morning, such as several sections of the AP-7 or C-32, and in some cases caused queues of 10 kilometers.
The main AP-7 north/south motorway is completely cut at Girona and 2 more points along with tha main AP2 at Molins de Rei, in both directions of circulation, as a group of neighbors have invaded it with their cars. The B-30 lateral motorway is also cut in Sant Cugat del Vallès, as are some stretches of the Eix Transversal, the C-32 motorway and the main N-340.
The traffic jams are occurring due to the protests of citizens who with their cars and tractors cut the tracks or make slow marches.
This is the case of the A-2, the motorway that goes to Lleida, the neighbors have made a stop with their cars at the height of El Bruc and they are in slow march towards Igualada with the purpose of collapsing the freeway.
In Tarragona city, the municipal bus service has been totally suspended, the president of the Municipal Transportation Company (EMT), Begoña Floria, has reported on her Twitter profile because all the main roads are cut off by protesters. Continue reading Catalan General Strike 3 Oct.. updating translations . Against Repression.For Civil Rights
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.
Alternative trade unions in Catalonia call for general strike for October 3
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.
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 “.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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….
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
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
Nuit Debout (‘WideAwake Night’): police evict the ’15 -M ‘in Paris. At 18:00 1st April reconvening
By Kaos. International . google translation. The 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.
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