Miners on the march to Madrid
Spanish miners on all-out strike to defend jobs are marching from mining regions to the capital Madrid. Miners on the march from Teruel were met by a large solidarity demonstration in Zaragoza, Aragon.
In Pola de Lena in Asturias, the whole community turned out to applaud the miners. General strikes in solidarity have already hit many of these towns.
All Spanish workers are being told to pay for bailing out the bankers. A miners’ victory will rock the government, and boost all workers fighting austerity.
Paraguay’s left wing leader ousted
Paraguay has been suspended from its membership of the Mercosur regional trade bloc after left wing president Fernando Lugo was ousted by the senate last week.
Lugo has been replaced by former vice president Federico Franco of the right wing Liberal party. Venezuela and Ecuador have condemned the “coup”.
Paraguay’s politics are dominated by a tiny but powerful elite of landowners. The move against Lugo follows the brutal repression of land occupations led by peasants.
Return of Mexico’s old rulers
Mexico’s old ruling party PRI returned to office after a decade in elections this week. The PRI ruled Mexico for 70 years.
It was notorious for corruption and patronage, and was replaced in 2002 by right wing businessman Vicente Fox and his successors.
They promised a fresh start—but delivered more of the same. A brutal “war on drugs” has made it harder for social movements to organise. But students held enormous protests in the run up to the election.