Catalan elections: strong pro-independence vote falls short of overall majority

Written by Jorge Martin Tuesday, 29 September 2015

20120911 Catalonia independence-Jordi Joan FabregaWith a hugely increased turnout of 77% (10 points more than in 2012), the Catalan elections gave an overall majority of seats to pro-independence parties, which, however, did not get an overall majority of votes.


Catalan elections - reactionary threats against growing pro-independence mood

Written by Jorge Martín Friday, 25 September 2015

catalunya-flagThe campaign for the Catalan elections on Sunday, September 27, has been dominated by a crescendo of attacks and threats by all the reactionary Spanish institutions against anyone defending Catalonia’s independence.


#AlfonLibertad - 4 years in jail for participating in a general strike

Written by Jorge Martín Thursday, 18 June 2015

alfonlibertad1xOn Wednesday, June 17, police arrested Alfonso Fernández “Alfon” who will spend 4 years in jail for his struggle and political ideas. Hundreds of people, youth and working class activists, came out to the San Borromeo parish church in the Madrid working class district of Vallecas to protest his arrest. He had been denied the right to hand himself over voluntarily. This is yet another person jailed in Spain for his political ideas.


Spain: Masses cheer new mayors as right wing is wiped out from main cities

Written by Jorge Martín Monday, 15 June 2015

Investidura d'Ada ColauThousands came out to cheer the swearing in of new mayors in Spain on Saturday June 13, in scenes not seen since 1979 or perhaps 1931. The May 24 municipal and regional elections represented a serious setback for the ruling right wing PP. But the extent of their defeat was not clearly visualised until June 13, when mayors representing parties and alliances to the left of social democracy were sworn in, in 4 of the 5 largest cities in the country: Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza and Valencia. The fifth, Seville, was taken over by a PSOE mayor, with the support of Podemos-backed “Participa Sevilla”, and United Left (IU).


Municipal and regional elections in Spain: the right wing bites the dust!

Written by David Rey & Arturo Rodriguez Monday, 01 June 2015

podemos-victorySunday the 24th of May will go down as a landmark in Spanish history. Municipal and regional elections were held across Spain (except in Galicia, Andalusia, the Basque Country and Catalonia, where the vote was for municipal but not for regional governments). The right-wing PP (People’s Party) was unseated from most of their historical strongholds. However, the sharp turn to the left in Spanish society is best exemplified by the rise of Podemos and the electoral fronts that it led, which won in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Coruña, Oviedo, Cádiz... In most big cities the Socialist Party (PSOE), only socialist in name, has been overtaken by Podemos and has now become a secondary player in Spanish politics, where Podemos is now setting the agenda.


Spanish elections and ruling class hysteria

Written by Jorge Martín Thursday, 21 May 2015

Pablo Iglesias-Ministerio de Cultura de la Nacion Argentina-thOnly a few days ahead of the local and regional elections, the ruling class have used all the dirty tricks in the book. Both Popular Unity lists for municipal elections and Podemos (standing in the regions) have been slandered with links to “drug dealing Venezuela” and accused of wanting to bring about “a Cuban-style dictatorship”. But, why so much panic?


Andalusia: victory for a PSOE in decline and resounding defeat for the right

Written by Lucha de Clases - Spain Wednesday, 01 April 2015

analucia-election-resultsOn March 22 elections were held in the region of Andalusia, the most populated region in Spain and a key political arena. This is especially so because, firstly, these are the first elections in a year that will be marked by the ballot box: there will be municipal elections in May and general elections in December.


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