Reports from outside the UK

Spain – The End of Austerity?/España – ¿Al Final de la Austeridad?

MAJOR NEW REEL NEWS FILM: Completely ignored by the mainstream media over here, the social movements in Spain have just sensationally taken control of the councils of the biggest cities in Spain. The “citizen’s platforms” have agreed everything collectively in assemblies throughout the cities, from who would stand as councillors to what their policies would be – and are now implementing an anti-austerity programme which prioritises an end to all evictions, bringing privatised services back into public ownership, providing free water and electricity to those who can’t afford to pay, guaranteed access to healthcare for all, and an urgent plan to tackle youth unemployment. People are talking about a second 1936…is this is the beginning of the end for the politics of austerity in Europe?
This half hour film also explains the origins and connections between the 15M movement; social movements such as the PAH; Podemos; and the citizens platforms. Make yourself a cuppa, sit back and get inspired and excited…

This is the major industrial dispute in Spain at the moment. Coca-Cola workers in Spain have been fighting to save their jobs for 17 months, when Coca Cola attempted to shut down all four factories there. Milltant rank and file action alongside a boycott of Coca-Cola has forced the company to reopen the factories, but only as warehouses…now the workers are calling for the boycott to be extended beyond Spain as they continue the fight to save their jobs. Support their struggle – boycott all Coca-Cola products.

Issue 40, Apr 2014

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1: Massacre in Vitoria (Reel News) 36:43 ***PLAY***

1976, the Basque Country: a dying fascist state orders police to attack one of the greatest rank and file movements ever seen. 5 workers are murdered and over 100 seriously injured; 38 years on, the people of Vitoria are still fighting for justice.

 

2: SOAS cleaners strike (Reel News) 14:07

Cleaners at SOAS show how a picket line should be done in the fight to be brought back in-house.

 

3: Blacklisting Companies Meeting (Stewart Hume, electrician and UNITE activist) 3:50

EXCLUSIVE secret footage exposes the building firm bosses who blacklist.

 

4: Blacklisting: Citizens Arrest (Reel News) 5:31

The Blacklist Support Group serve an arrest warrant on Cullum McAlpine.

 

5: Leon Rosselson: Sixty Quid a Week (Reel News) 4:30

New song from Leon about an encounter with a homeless person.

 

6: NUT strike (Reel News) 10:28

First national strike by teachers since 2011 as the campaign to stop Gove destroying education hots up.

 

7: David Rovics – Landlord (Reel News) 6:10

Great song and a slice of US working class history.

 

8: Chicago University Strike (Labor Beat) 8:36

2 days strike by lecturers at the University of Illinois-Chicago – for virtually the same reasons that lecturers are striking in Britain.

 

9: London Met – FE Strike (Reel News) 5:47

Rally at London Met to push for further action in the dispute over pay.

 

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“Massacre in Vitoria” released online

Please share this video as widely as possible – not only to support the people of Vitoria’s fight for justice, but so that more people can learn the lessons from rank and file organisation which ultimately led to the legalisation of trade unions in Spain.

1976, the Basque Country: under threat from a growing all-out strike amongst the factories of Vitoria, a dying fascist state orders the police to open fire on a peaceful assembly in a church during a general strike of the whole city, murdering 5 workers and seriously wounding over 100. 38 years on, no-one has been brought to justice for the cowardly attack on one of the greatest rank and file movements ever seen.

Massacre in Vitoria – Trailer

On March 3 1976, police attacked a peaceful assembly of strikers during a general strike, murdering 5 workers and seriously injuring over 100 in a desperate attempt to stop one of the greatest rank and file movements ever seen.

Every year on March 3 in Vitoria there is a march to remember the dead and continue the fight for justice. If you’re reading this today, the march is not until 7pm – messages of international solidarity would really help.

Please send solidarity messages to: info@3demarzo.org, and watch out for the full Reel News film later this week – the whole incredible story, told by striking workers themselves.

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This will be the latest in a series of films being produced by Reel News to help build international solidarity with the “Querella Argentina”: where Franco’s fascist regime is being put on trial in Argentina for the crimes it committed, and to get justice and reparations for the victims.

Although there has been a lot of information published about the atrocities committed by Franco’s fascist regime during and immediately after the Spanish civil war, little has been said about the intensification of repression by Franco’s regime in the 60s and 70s against the social movements that grew, demanding liberty and basic human rights and ultimately defeating fascism.

The atrocities, continued during the period of transition to “democracy” from 1975-1981. Many of the culprits are still alive and holding positions in the police, the army, the civil service and the judiciary – and for this reason we’re concentrating on this period. Not only do these people need bringing to justice, but they need to be purged from the Spanish state if another world is to be truly possible.

We will need to make trips to other parts of Spain in order to help in this crucial struggle for justice – but we need money to do it. Obviously there is no funding for a project of this sort in Spain, and with the brutal austerity measures, our fellow film makers in Madrid have no money either. If you can help, please click the donate button below.

 

Into the Fire Screening Tour

Our film Into the Fire – The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece is going on tour! We’ll be screening throughout October in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. Scroll down for details of the screenings and links to venues.

We’re also about to release an international DVD with subtitles in 12 languages, so watch this space!

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Into the Fire October 2013 Tour Listings:

 

04.10. Eeklo, Belgium, N9 Muziekclub with David Rovics

05.10. Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, Masereelhuis with David Rovics at 20:00

06.10. Utrecht, Netherlands, Rooie Rat at 18:00

07.10. Münster, Germany, Cinema at 21:00

09.10. Witten, Germany, Trotz Allem at 19:30

11.10. Freiburg, Germany, KTS at 20:00

12.10. Offenburg, Germany, Kessel at 20:30

14.10. Reutlingen, Germany, Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Pavillon at 13:30

15.10. Reutlingen, Germany, Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Pavillon at 13:30 (again)

16.10. Leipzig, Germany, Meuterei at 19:00

17.10. Plzeň, Czech Republic, Klub Kapsa at 20:00

18.10. Prague, Czech Republic, Studentský klub K4 at 19:00

19.10. Poděbrady, Czech Republic, tbc

21.10. Brno, Czech Republic, Café Paradigma at 18:30

22.10. Bratislava, Slovakia, Foajé at 19:00

23.10. Vienna, Austria, W23 at 20:00

Into The Fire to be broadcast on the occupied ERT station

Funeral of Shehzad Luqman in Kotzia square in Athens. 19-1-13 The 26 year old Pakistani migrant was stabbed to death in a racially motivated murder on January 16th as he was cycling to work. His family and friends from the local Pakistani community met in

Journalists across Europe were shocked when The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation in Greece (their national media service) was closed by the government at a few hours notice. Since the shock closure, staff at the station have gone into occupation and continued to broadcast online.

REEL NEWS is pleased to announce that they will show our documentary Into The Fire at 8pm on Friday July 19th. We are pleased for this opportunity to support the workers at the station and their struggle to save their jobs and this important national institution. We are also pleased at this opportunity to shine a light of the plight of refugees and migrants in Greece and to infuriate the Greek government, Golden Dawn and the Greek Police.

Yolanda Petition

Yolanda

Click on the link below to add your name to the thousands demanding that Emilio Hellín, the convicted fascist murderer of 19 year old student activist Yolanda González Martín, is thrown out of the Spanish state security forces – along with all those directly or politically responsible.

(Note: this is the English version of the petition – to sign the Spanish version, click here.)

SIGN THE PETITION

 

Into the Fire: The Hidden Victims of Austerity in Greece

For more information check out the Into the Fire website.

Today Into the Fire is simultaneously released on websites, blogs and other platforms around the internet.

Do you have a website or blog? Embed this film!

Use this link to embed the film to make sure subtitles are turned on:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMOnuD0SQJs&cc_load_policy=1

When you’ve published the film, don’t forget to add your link to the listing. It only takes a minute.

The film is available with subtitles in Albanian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish with more coming soon!

In times of severe austerity things look bleak for Greek people, but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the police in Athens. Many are trapped by EU laws and legislation of other EU countries meaning they’d be returned to Greece if they managed to get to another member state, they are desperate to leave the country.

You can download the international version and subtitles in .srt format from Archive.org.

More versions will be added throughout the day, follow us on Facebook or Twitter to get updates or check our embedding guide for new uploads.

A version of the film with burned in English subtitles is available on Vimeo. You can also download it there. Other language versions will be added as we make them, follow or check the Into the Fire Channel for updates.

The premiere of Into the Fire on 29th April, 6:30pm will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies. Habib Rahman of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants will join us for the screening and discussion afterwards, the event will be chaired by Sham Qayyum. Join the Facebook event.

Into the Fire Trailer

On 21 April, Into the Fire will be simultaneously released on websites and blogs worldwide, including this one of course. The film will be available in various languages, including Albanian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian and Spanish. There are a number of public screenings planned in several countries in Europe and Northern America. To participate in the release or organise a screening see http://intothefire.org/publish

The premier of Into the Fire on 29th April, 6:30pm will be hosted by the School of Oriental and African Studies. The filmmakers will be joined for discussion by Habib Rahman of the Join Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.

In times of severe austerity things look bleak for Greek people, but they’re far worse for those who have recently arrived. Without housing, legal papers or support, migrants in Greece are faced with increasing and often violent racism at the hands of the growing Nazi party Golden Dawn and the police in Athens. Many are trapped by EU laws and legislation of other EU countries meaning they’d be returned to Greece if they managed to get to another member state, they are desperate to leave the country.

3 weeks to go! Are you participating in the distribution?

Into the Fire

Into the Fire will be an experiment in distribution. You have probably heard of crowd funding. Projects get funded by a lot of people who give a little money to make it happen. We are crowd sourcing our distribution: A lot of people will be releasing Into the Fire together with us. On 21st April 2013 they will embed the film on their blogs and websites. With every participant the size of the audience will grow exponentially. If you would like to be listed as one of the distributors, get in touch with the link of your website and a logo or image!

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Three years ago, the UNHCR called the situation in Greece a humanitarian crisis. Since then, things have gotten worse. Anyone perceived as foreigner is at risk to become a target of racist violence. Voices demanding the protection of human rights are not listened to. Even doctors who help migrants and refugees are threatened by racist groups. But refugees have no choice: European regulation forces them to remain in Greece, and stops them from moving to a country where they are save and have a chance to get their asylum case heard.

 

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