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In Barcelona, Austerity With an Iron Fist

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  • Teresa Binstock
    http://truth-out.org/news/item/8516-in-barcelona-austerity-with-an-iron-fist Criminalizing public meetings, expanding police powers and weaponry, and applying
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 15, 2012
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      http://truth-out.org/news/item/8516-in-barcelona-austerity-with-an-iron-fist

      Criminalizing public meetings, expanding police powers and weaponry, and applying anti-terrorist measures to street protests: it sounds like Spain in the Franco years, but all of these measures have been proposed in Spain in just the last couple of weeks. Far from being a throwback to the years of dictatorship, these repressive developments go hand in hand with the current economic crisis. Considering the connection between the 15M plaza occupation movement and the subsequent Occupy movement that spread to several countries around the globe, between the March 29th general strike in Spain and the upcoming May 1st general strike called in the United States, between the brutal austerity measures implemented already a year or two ago by the government in Madrid and the increasing signs of shakiness from more stable EU countries such as France, Spain is, if anything, ahead of the curve....











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