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Campus battles and NUS conference 2014

For a report of the conference published on 11 April, see here.

The weakness of the labour movement after the defeat of the public sector pensions dispute has had its effect in the student movement too.

Student activism is stronger than before the student upsurge of 2010-11, but still sluggish. Nonetheless, the National Union of Students conference (8-10 April, Liverpool) comes after six months which have seen important struggles.

The National Union of Students conference comes after six months which have seen some important student struggles.

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Spanish pro-choice march

Thousands of Spaniards protested on 1 February against a draft law to restrict access to abortion. The law would limit abortion to cases of rape and instances where the health of the mother was at serious risk. The current law, brought in the Socialist government in 2010, gives women the right to abort up to the 14th week of pregnancy.

Thousands of Spaniards protested on 1 February against a draft law to restrict access to abortion.

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The Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution

D. A. Santillan has written a tragic, very significant book* to tell the “real role” of the F.A.I. (Anarchist Federation of Iberia), the “only influential mass organization that remained incorruptible in the face of new loves” and to place the blame for the victory of Franco where he thinks it really falls – at the door of the “democracies,” Russia and the Popular Front government of Spain.

A contemporary Trotskyist review of D. A. SANTILLAN, WHY WE LOST THE WAR (1940). Santillan was a central leader of the Anarchist movement during the Revolution-Civil War, 1936-39.

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The Anarchists in the Spanish Revolution

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A contemporary Trotskyist review of D. A. SANTILLAN, WHY WE LOST THE WAR (1940). Santillan was a central leader of the Anarchist movement during the Revolution-Civil War, 936-39.

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Spanish health workers say: Basta ya de recortes! Enough of the cuts!

The Spanish government has been using the economic crisis as an excuse to make healthcare profitable. Against the cuts and privatisation, healthcare workers and communities have been fighting back.

In December a two day strike in Madrid against the privatisation of healthcare saw most hospital services in the capital city closed. 3,000 protestors held hands and surrounded one of the main hospitals, La Princesa, opposing the proposals to turn 6 public hospitals, 27 public healthcare centres and 269 public health assistance centres into business companies.

The Spanish government has been using the economic crisis as an excuse to make healthcare profitable. Against the cuts and privatisation, healthcare workers and communities have been fighting back.

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Learn from Spanish health workers

In summer 2011 I was on holiday in Barcelona with my partner when I got a stomach bug. Unable to access a doctor, I decided to go into the local hospital.

Occupying hospitals to stop closure might seem far fetched to some but in Spain the occupation movement of hospitals is growing rapidly.

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Protests grow in Spain and Italy

Anti-austerity protests in Spain are continuing to grow, with many cities witnessing near-daily protests.

There were marches in 56 different cities on Sunday 7 October, mobilising tens of thousands of people. Around 60,000 people marched in Madrid.

Anti-austerity protests in Spain are continuing to grow, with many cities witnessing near-daily protests.

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Protests say “Rajoy out”

Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Madrid on 25 September and marched on Spain’s parliament building as MPs discussed its 2013 budget.

The demonstrations were called by a coordination originating in the “Indignados” movement, who set up protest camps in Spanish cities in 2011.

Many demonstrators were demanding new elections. The manifesto said: “Winning an election does not give the government the right to act as it wants, betraying the voters who elected it.

Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Madrid on 25 September and marched on Spain’s parliament building as MPs discussed its 2013 budget.

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Spanish doctors defy government over migrants

So far 870 Spanish doctors have signed a manifesto which states: “My loyalty to patients does not allow me to ignore my ethical and professional duty and abandon them”.

They are defying a government decree to refuse public health services to 150,000 migrants.

Six of Spain’s 17 regional governments — all those not run by the ruling right-wing Popular Party, and one that is — have also announced they will ignore the law and continue to provide free healthcare to migrants.

Spanish doctors are defying a government decree to refuse public health services to migrants.

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Spanish workers resist cuts

Despite the return to work by Spanish miners, resistance to the government’s austerity measures continues.

The decision by the Spanish miners’ unions to call off their strike came as a surprise to many observers (including the writer of these lines). Nevertheless, in the coalfields and in much of the rest of Spain, the situation can hardly be described as “normal”.

Despite the return to work by Spanish miners, resistance to the government’s austerity measures continues.

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