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Issue No. 2446

Water charges demo in Dublin

Some 80,000 protesters brought Dublin to a standstill last Saturday as they marched against the Irish government’s introduction of water charges. 

People Before Profit MP Richard Boyd Barrett told the crowd that the ruling coalition cannot continue to ignore the masses on the streets.

And he revealed there will be a number of national and regional protests before the next general election.

The rally was the fourth national protest against the charges.

Breakthrough for Spanish left

The left wing Podemos party had a breakthrough in an election in Andalucia, the largest region of the Spanish state. 

Podemos came third and now has 15 regional MPs in Andalucia. 

The Tory People’s Party lost a third of its seats to Podemos and the new liberal party Ciudadanos.

Podemos’s gains weren’t as large as some activists hoped.

But it points to a collapse of the present two-party system ahead of December’s general election.  

Tens of thousands of people marched against austerity in the Spanish capital Madrid last Saturday in the third March For Dignity.

US oil workers return to work

Oil refinery workers in Louisiana were set to return to work next week after voting to accept a four-year deal with bosses.

The 800 workers were part of a walkout of 5,500 refinery staff who have been on strike since the end of January. 

They are also expected to accept the deal which calls for a pay rise, maintaining health care benefit, and an immediate review of staff and workload at plants.

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