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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

Who are those grinning Anti-systemites?

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The papers call us ‘anti-systemites’

Who are we? What are we against? When do we appear?
When do we we vanish?

Now we understand, that veteran, with glasses and gray hair, who first glanced at the fire and then threw on cartons to stir it up: he was an anti-systemite!

And how about those adolescents who parked their bikes and helped break the windows of the museum Diocesiá (the fraudsters and abusers). They were anti system too.cop car Continue reading Who are those grinning Anti-systemites?

Alfon.. LIBERTAD. Freedom for General Strike comrade NOW!

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On 14-N, day of the General Strike, our companion ALFON, was arrested in the neighborhood of Vallekas. After several days of confinement and interrogation in the dungeons of the Spanish State, he was sent to permanent prison, thanks to higher orders of the judiciary and the power of the government delegation, to this must be added the pressure of the mass media “communication “. Continue reading Alfon.. LIBERTAD. Freedom for General Strike comrade NOW!

14N general strike in Barcelona report

per AlborotoAdreça: https://alboroto.espivblogs.net 29 nov 2012
The 14th of November general strike in Barcelona started in the very first hours of the night, with pickets 14n Barnaclosing bars and spaces still open at night in several city’s neighborhoods, such as Gràcia, where more than 300 people managed to shut down bars, while a supermarket and banks were attacked by hoodies.

Earlier, trade unions pickets had blocked the accesses to industrial parks of the metropolitan area, where no activity was reported at all. No one was arrested during the night. As the sun was rising, fire barricades were erected in all city’s points, with police making the first arrest of the day in the Eixample neighborhood. Continue reading 14N general strike in Barcelona report

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