Spain: Rapper Faces Nine-Month Jail Sentence for Criticizing Monarchy and Police; Protests Held across the Country

Photo Credit: ENRIC FONTCUBERTA (EFE) | EPV By Serran Soledad On Tuesday, Spanish rapper and political activist Pablo Hasél was arrested by Catalan police forces for “glorifying terrorism,” after disparaging the Spanish monarchy and police over Twitter and in his lyrics. Attempting to evade the nine-month jail sentence, Hasél along with dozens of his supporters barricaded themselves inside the Lérida (Lleida in Catalan) University, 90 … Continue reading Spain: Rapper Faces Nine-Month Jail Sentence for Criticizing Monarchy and Police; Protests Held across the Country

Spain: Worker Destroys Dozens of Vehicles Following Mass Layoffs at Daimler (Mercedes-Benz)

By Serran Soledad On December 31, in Vitoria, Spain, a former employee of Daimler (commonly known as Mercedes-Benz), destroyed over 50 vans using a small tractor. The 38-year-old, who was fired from Daimler back in 2017 for taking part in protests against the company’s mass layoffs, took on the individual action following another series of layoffs by the company. Reports indicate the rebellious worker stole … Continue reading Spain: Worker Destroys Dozens of Vehicles Following Mass Layoffs at Daimler (Mercedes-Benz)

Spain: Working Class Fights Back Against Selective Pandemic Lockdown in Madrid

By David Martinez Since late September, working class residents of Madrid have fought back against selective coronavirus restrictions that the government is only implementing in poor neighborhoods while allowing wealthy areas to operate without oversight. Chanting, “It’s not lockdown, it’s segregation!” and holding banners with slogans such as “They don’t confine the rich,” the residents have protested in the streets in massive numbers and at … Continue reading Spain: Working Class Fights Back Against Selective Pandemic Lockdown in Madrid

Catalonia: Protests Mark 3 Years Since Suppression of Independence Vote

By David Martinez On October 1, protesters across the autonomous region of Catalonia took to the streets to commemorate three years since an independence referendum vote took place which the Spanish state immediately deemed illegitimate and moved to violently suppress. In Barcelona, the anniversary demonstrations turned combative, erecting barricades, lighting fires and clashing with police. The protesters demanded the release of political prisoners, the Catalan … Continue reading Catalonia: Protests Mark 3 Years Since Suppression of Independence Vote