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Partial translation of article and chronology at http://www.alasbarricadas.org/noticias/?q=node/15213
(translator’s note: CCOO and UGT are major reformist labor unions. The CGT is a large union that split from the CNT and has a mildly anarchist or anti-capitalist politics. The CNT is the anarcho-syndicalist labor union).
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Alasbarricadas.org will conduct special coverage (same as many other counter-information websites) of the general strike of 29-S, with punctual updates of tomorrow’s happenings. Even though our organizations and initiatives have little strength in comparison with the big labor unions of the system, we don’t doubt that the proportional force of our pickets is great. Nonetheless we’ll need all the strength we can muster for this day, as the success of the strike depends on our capacity to paralyze the country’s economy tomorrow. Thanks to the infinite betrayals of the unions CCOO and UGT, tomorrow’s strike will be difficult. Their chicanery has made a great many laborers wonder why they should go on strike, thus endangering the result.
It’s up to us to double our efforts in order to make it happen, and after tomorrow to continue struggling against the new economic measures that they’ll inevitably try to impose on us. The logic of the neoliberal politicians who remain in government and which is imposed by Europe, threaten to extend the cuts well beyond what we’ve already seen. Only a massive social mobilization will force the banks or the bosses to be the ones to bear the brunt of the losses. If we do nothing, the working class will have to swallow it all.
Tomorrow must be the first day of a new dynamic of social and labor struggles throughout the state. We have to keep up.
The 29th of September: an opportunity and a challenge.
Banesto, the Credit Bank of Spain, building on Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, is occupied by anticapitalists starting 25 September.
TeleMadrid is off the air due to the general strike. The screen reads: “The general strike, convoked by the unions against the Labor Reform, is blocking the transmission of TeleMadrid.”
CanalSur is off the air. On the screen one reads: “Our programming is being interrupted due to the General Strike convoked by the class unions against the labor reform approved by the government.”
TV3 and Channel 33 also have their programming interrupted thanks to the general strike.
Three picketers run over in Madrid outside printers’ offices, trying to block the distribution of various daily papers.
2:10. Barcelona. Mercabarna. A unionist was run over while carrying out informative work, explaining the reasons for the general strike.
3:00. Valencia. The national police are loading up stacks of the newspaper El Levante into their vans, for distribution.
5:30. Zaragoza. The highway has been cut off at the entrance to industrial zone Malpica. The UGT and CCOO pickets “disappeared” at a certain point. The UGT and CCOO pickets, searching for a photo op, blocked the entrances to the city (when strategically the important thing is to cut off the exits, which is what the workers use to go to the industrial zones), and then returned to the sidewalk when the light turned green. Six pickets of the CGT and the Coordinadora de Movimientos Sociales, faced with the passivity of the UGT and CCOO pickets, tried to cut off the exit lanes. Due to the aggressivity of the drivers and the passivity of the pantomime pickets, they had to give up their attempt, when vans of riot police surrounded the hundred CGT picketers, who began yelling at the others: “scabs! Sell-outs!” It becomes obvious that the UGT and CCOO have made a pact with the state to pacify today’s strike.
4:15. Madrid. During the informative pickets taking place in the early hours of the morning, the police arrested at least 5 comrades from CSOA (Squatted and Self-Organized Social Center) La Casika.
8:40. Ferrol. A police charge. Barricades have been put up. Two arrestees from the CNT, one detained after being shot with a rubber bullet, the other after being detained was hit and clubbed. Compostela. The pickets have paralyzed the industrial zones and also stopped the city buses that bring in the workers.
9:15. Madrid. Nearly 500 bicyclists convoked by the Madrid Platform for the General Strike and the Assembly of Social Movements of Madrid have been forced off the strets and one person has been arrested.
9:38. Barcelona. All the stores and bars of Plaça Reial, tourist center of the city, have been shut down.
9:43. Barcelona. Police charge in the neighborhood of Les Corts. They’ve lined up dumpsters across Av. Madrid to protect themselves from the charges. There have been clashes. Madrid. 11 detainees at the pickets outside the municipal bus stations.
9:48. Jaen. In the factories, city services, and public transport, the strike is a success. According to the latest information, a majority of workers are striking.
9:49. Sevilla. The riot police have entered the university and charged brutally against the students.
9:54. Asturias. Transportation, cleaning, and mining stopped. Arrests in Uvieu, riots in Xixón.
10:00. Barcelona. The principal entrance to Corte Inglés (major shopping center) in Nou Barris is closed. Cartagena. 30 people with the CNT have occupied the central post office, to shouts of “Indefinite General Strike!”
10:04. Córdoba. The CNT section here confirms that the strike is being supported by multiple sectors, including municipal services. Complete stoppage in the municipal businesses, the central market, and the trash collection.
10:09. Electricity consumption on Wednesday is down 20%. This indicates participation in the strike, as it corresponds to typical energy consumption on a holiday.
10:15. Charges and arrests all throughout Barcelona, simultaneously. It seems the Mossos (Catalan autonomous police force) have received orders to break all the pickets.
10:17. Ryanair airlines cancels all its flights to Spain.
10:24. Valladolid. Police charges have injured five. Massive participation in the strike. Participation in the strike in the industrial zones is calculated at more than 75%. Zaragoza. At the picket of the picket of the municipal building, more than one hundred people are having a popular lunch. All municipal services are stopped at the moment, except for the police, who are at work everywhere.
10:41. Barcelona. Av. Meridiana, one of the main arteries of the city, is cut.
10:45. Zaragoza. Corte Inglés is closed down, to cries of “Victory! Victory!” Betanzos. Barricades around the industrial zone Bergondo. Logroño. Three people detained, one a victim of police aggression. Two CNTers have been beaten by cops, along with one from the CCOO. The two CNT comrades are still detained without being informed of their charges, the CCOO member has been released.
10:52. Barcelona. 9 arrests throughout Catalunya. Plaza Glories (major traffic hub) is blocked. The strike committees of Poblenou and Clot have blocked Gran Via. A second picket of 300 people has blocked Av. Meridiana in another location.
10:54. Córdoba. Riot police from the National Police charged the 300 person concentration in front of the Corte Inglés.
11:10. Alacant. 300 people shut down Corte Inglés.
11:11. Madrid. 500 people block off Gran Vía.
11:14. Tarragona. All the accesses to the industrial zones are blocked off.
11:30. Las Palmas. Stevadores, transporters, and industrial workers on strike.
11:31. Tarragona. 1,000 people are closing all the businesses on Rambla Nova.
11:32. Corunha. The port, garbage collection, and industries are closed.
11:40. The AVE (highspeed train) between Segovia and Madrid has stopped.
11:45. Bilbo. A picket of 400 people formed by the CNT and ESK has concentrated in the circular plaza and cut off access.
12:00. Cádiz. 2,000 people concentrate in plaza España.
12:00. Barcelona. A hundred youth take advantage of the general strike to sack Libreria Europa (a fascist bookstore people have long been trying to close down). The attack left many materials from inside the shop destroyed and scattered on the street.
12:34. Barcelona. More than 3,000 people have gathered in Plaça Catalunya and are making barricades at the entrance to Las Ramblas. Different groups of pickets are arriving from all over the city.
12:38. Campo de Gibraltar and Algeciras. 100% stoppage in industry.
12:48. Terrassa. More than 200 people occupied the central offices of the Patronal for twenty minutes.
12:55. Barcelona. The pickets gathered in Plaza Catalunya have managed to start going down Las Ramblas.
13:08. The mossos have begun to attack the march of picketers on Las Ramblas. People have had to pull dumpsters into the streets to protect themselves.
13:09. Valencia. Police charges against a unified picket of 500 people. Several injured.
13:25. Palma. The unified platform (CGT, CNT, Frente Solidario, SCTA, Endavant y Maulets—the latter are left Catalan youth organizations) has shut down Corte Inglés. In the evening they hold a protest of 2500.
13:30 Radio Contrabanda (squat pirate radio) is informing us about fights in the center of Barcelona, Pelai street. The police have divided the unified picket in two groups. A police car of the Guardia Urbana is on fire, a circle-A painted on the hood.
13:44. Barcelona. The protest has been broken up by several attacks with rubber bullets and police cars driving through the crowd.
14:04. Córdoba. Two picketers in front of the Corte Inglés have been beaten and arrested. 10,000 people participated in the protest in the city, with a critical bloc composed of the CNT and others.
14:24. Valencia. A worker has a broken clavicle after a police charge.
15:00. Madrid. 100 people participate in a roving feminist picket, closing shops along the commercial streets.
15:06. Barcelona. The unified picket from Plaza Catalunya, composed of 3000 anticapitalists, has managed to go down Las Ramblas all the way to Palau de la Virreina. The Banesto building, occupied since September 25, is under seige by police.
15:18. The mossos have destroyed the front door of the occupied bank and broken in.
15:22. The strike is successful in Vigo. Over 100,000 in the streets.
15:30. Barcelona. The mossos enter the occupied Banesto building without a judicial order. There’s been a call-out for the evening demonstrations to end in front of the building.
Asturias. Blocking of streets and burning of dumpsters. Massive participation in strike.
Ferrol. Everything is stopped, all the detainees have been released.
Compostela. Industry and Transport paralyzed. Police charge the CNT picket, injuring 10. CNT-CIG protest a success, with thousands of participants.
Corunha. Port and transportation paralyzed. 15,000 people in the protests.
Zaragoza. 500 people in the CNT demonstration.
17:45. Barcelona. 500 have gathered in Plaza Universitat in the CNT-AIT demo.
18:00. Madrid. Police shut down the anarchist protest.
18:02. Barcelona. 8000 gather for the CGT protest.
18:50. Barcelona. Three columns of fire between Pau Claris and Consell de Cent. Various luxury businesses have been looted on Passeig de Gracia.
19:55. The CNT march gathered 2-3000 and was attacked by police, several people hit by police vehicles driving through the crowd. The march arrives before the Banesto building in Plaza Catalunya. Fighting with cops, burning barricades. Police disperse the crowd. Number of arrests unknown.
20:00. Huge protest in Valencia. The head of the march has reached the end of the route and the back of the march hasn’t left the starting point yet.
21:00. Palma. 2500