Despite the fact that the leaders of the Spanish unions are still trying to maintain social peace at all costs and despite the psychological impact of the economic crisis, the whole social environment is heating up very fast, such that a sudden entry onto the stage of the Spanish working class as a whole is being prepared.
Yesterday the Spanish Student Union, Sindicato de Estudiantes, called a student general strike involving school and university students. The turnout as massive, with hundreds of thousands coming out to protest against cuts in education and privatisation.
Thousands of students took to the streets in Spain on Wednesday 22nd to protest against plans to privatise university education and also opposing any plans to make workers pay for the capitalist crisis through cuts in education, health and other public services.
On July 10, to coincide with the start of the trial of the neo-nazi Óscar
Colino Damián, the Gasteiz Antifascist Platform organised a demonstration at
11am in front of the court. The demonstration which attracted more than 40
workers and young people was organised by the Gasteiz Antifascist Platform with
the participation of various trade unions, associations, left parties, student
unions and left and progressive collectives.
On Monday over one
hundred people crowded into the CAUM Centre in Madrid to hear Alan give a
speech launching his latest book, which is an in-depth reply to the reformist
ideas of Heinz Dieterich, who has been providing a theoretical back-up to the
bureaucracy within the Bolivarian movement which is attempting to slow down the
pace of the revolution. If listened to, these reformist ideas would lead to the
derailing of the revolution.