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Issue No. 2422

Greek workers strike against job losses

Public sector workers in Greece struck on Tuesday of this week against mass job losses.

Workers had been boycotting an evaluation process designed to identify who can be laid off.

Their union federation called the strike after courts ruled the boycott illegal last Thursday.

Anti-fascist demonstrations also took place across Greece last week, marking the first anniversary of the murder of anti-fascist rapper Pavlos Fyssas by members of the Nazi Golden Dawn party.

Mass protests and strikes in the days that followed last year led to the jailing of Golden Dawn’s leaders during an investigation into the group’s criminal activities.

Egyptian socialist Mahienour el-Massry released from prison 

Revolutionary Socialists and human rights lawyer Mahienour el-Massry was released from prison in Egypt last Sunday.

She had served four months of a six month sentence for breaking the anti-protest law brought in by the military regime.

Mahienour had been demonstrating in Alexandria outside the trial of police officers who killed political blogger Khaled Said under Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship in 2010.  

The court suspended the rest of her sentence and lifted the £4,276.84 fine imposed on her.

Spanish Tories drop plans to overturn abortion rights

The Spanish government has dropped plans to bring in some of the harshest anti-abortion laws in Europe.

The Spanish Tories’ proposed overturning the right to an abortion, which is currently available in up to 14 weeks of pregnancy and in some cases up to 22 weeks.

The proposals  would have banned abortion, unless a woman had a medical certificate that her life was at risk or had been raped and reported it to the police..

But it pitted the pro-choice majority—up to 70 percent in some polls—against a hard right linked to the religious establishment.

Tens of thousands marched on the streets, and even the Spanish Tories were divided.

They already faced widespread anger at their austerity policies and are losing ground to new left party Podemos less than a year away from the general election.

Far from rallying their core support, the attack on abortion became an unpopular law too far.

However, the current law will still be restricted—16 and 17 year olds will not be allowed access to abortion without their parents’ permission.

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Tue 23 Sep 2014, 17:28 BST
Issue No. 2422
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