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Issue No. 2341

Huge US march against pipeline

Almost 50,000 people demanded action on climate change in Washington DC last Saturday.

They oppose the building of the Keystone XL pipeline, designed to take oil from Canada’s deforested tar sands to refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.

It was the biggest climate protest in US history.

But president Barack Obama was playing golf in Florida with Jim Crane. Crane is a tycoon who invested in fracking, pipelines and the BP Deepwater Horizon platform at the centre of the 2010 oil spill.

March in Spain against evictions

Spain’s social movements are preparing to demonstrate against cuts, corruption and the “coup d’etat of the market” on Saturday of this week.

Housing rights organisations got thousands protesting in all major cities on Saturday of last week. This was after the government rejected calls to reform the laws on eviction and bankruptcy.

There have been hundreds of thousands of evictions in Spain since the economic crisis began, and suicides in recent months.

On Sunday thousands more marched against privatisation of healthcare.

Portugal unions against cuts

Portugal’s international creditors—the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank—were set to review their progress next week.

The 'Troika' is expected to demand more cuts.

This follows three years of austerity that have decimated public services.

Portugal’s largest union organised demonstrations in 25 towns and cities on Saturday of last week. The Labour-type Socialist Party called for the Troika to make its review “political” rather than merely economic. Portugal’s government is still pushing through privatisation.

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