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Issue No. 2315

Spanish miners end their strike

The majority of Spanish miners have ended their solid all-out strike and returned to work. The 8,000 miners, from the north western Asturias region, walked out against government cuts to coal subsidies.

They went back to work after securing assurances that none of the miners would be sacked.

Manel Ros, an activist in Barcelona, told Socialist Worker, “I think this is a step back but the situation is still flammable. The attacks on the pits and the communities remain.

“It’s been a long struggle and in the summer here everything shuts down. This might explain why they have gone back now. But September offers new possibilities depending on the general political situation.

“The struggle could start again, even if it is simply on the basis that workers have nothing to lose.”

Sudanese troops shoot protesters

Soldiers shot and killed at least eight anti-government protesters in Nyala, capital of the Darfur region of Sudan, on Tuesday of last week. The demonstration against price rises was led by students and school students.

Activists say 12 were killed and 80 injured. Workers at a local hospital say victims were shot at close range with military automatic rifles and heavy machine guns. Demonstrations against president Omar al-Bashir’s regime have continued since June.

Egypt closes key crossing into Gaza

Egypt closed the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip after gunmen killed 16 Egyptian border guards last Sunday. They attacked the guards and hijacked vehicles to try and launch an attack across the border in Israel.

Israel said it had killed several of the attackers. Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi said that Egyptian forces would “impose full control over these areas of Sinai”. The crossing is a lifeline for Palestinians living under Israeli siege in Gaza.

US gunman was a white supremacist

A man who opened fire in a Sikh temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last Sunday was a white supremacist according to US anti-racists.

Officials named the gunman, who was shot dead at the scene by police, as Wade Michael Page, a 40 year old US army veteran. He burst into the Wisconsin Sikh Temple on Sunday morning and opened fire with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol, killing six people.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre campaigns against the far right in the US. It says that Page was a “frustrated neo-Nazi” and leader of a white supremacist rock band called End Apathy.

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Tue 7 Aug 2012, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2315
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