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Issue No. 2394

Protesters in Vigo, Galicia, oppose the Spanish governments attack on abortion rights

Protesters in Vigo, Galicia, oppose the Spanish government's attack on abortion (Pic: Galiza Contrainfo)


Protests defend abortion in Spain

Mass demonstrations took place around the Spanish state last Saturday to mark International Women’s Day. 

Many were thousands or tens of thousands strong. The protests were swelled by anger at a harsh proposed change to abortion law, approved by the government the previous day.

Polls suggest 80 percent of people oppose the proposals, which would ban abortion except in cases of rape and some health grounds.


Anger in Sweden at Nazi knifings

Anti-fascist demonstrations took place across Sweden last Sunday in protest at a violent knife attack on four people returning from an International Women’s Day march in Malmo.

Three men have been arrested following the attack which left the victims with multiple stab wounds. The Nazi Swedes Party has said its members were involved. 

Thousands marched in Malmo, Gothenburg and Stockholm with more protests set to place later this week.


Ex-Black Panther free at last in US

Former Black Panther Eddie Conway has been released after almost 44 years in prison. 

The postal worker was convicted of killing a police officer in Baltimore in 1970. 

He has always maintained his innocence.

The FBI at the time used agent provocateurs to break the revolutionary black movement. 

After his release Eddie said, “I’m one of 200 people that’s still alive, after 32 years of them discovering that they had given us trials and jury instructions that were wrong and faulty and flawed.”


Clashes continue in Venezuela

Protests and violent clashes continue in Venezuela. 

Right wing opposition leaders called protests against shortages, inflation and crime. Their supporters have led violent attacks in the streets.

Government supporters rallied to mark the anniversary of the death of former president Hugo Chavez on Wednesday of last week.

President Nicolas Maduro also called a Peace Conference last week with sections of the opposition, big business leaders and the Catholic church.


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