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Issue No. 2386

Basque march for prisoners

Around 130,000 people marched through Bilbao, the biggest city in the Basque Country in the northern Spanish state last Saturday.

A court in Madrid had banned a march supporting prisoners from the ETA separatist organisation. But Basque unions and political parties came together to call a bigger march.

Spanish jails hold around 600 ETA prisoners. They want to serve out their sentences closer to their families. 

The prisoners recognised the Spanish justice system for the first time last month.

Malema calls for a ‘united front’

Julius Malema, leader of South Africa’s recently formed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has announced plans to work with metal workers’ union Numsa’s new political grouping.

He said last week, “None of the revolutionary formations, including Numsa and the EFF, hold exclusive monopoly over the ideological character and content of the struggles of the working class.

“Hence we need a united front to confront capitalism and its political representatives.”

President quits in Central Africa

president of the Central African Republic Michel Djotodia resigned on Friday of last week as chaos continued on the streets of the country’s capital Bangui.

The news was filled with stories of ethnic murder between Muslims and the majority Christian population. 

Some 1,600 French and 4,000 African Union troops have been deployed in the country since December as “peacekeepers”.

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Tue 14 Jan 2014, 18:22 GMT
Issue No. 2386
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