León against the war

Ed George edgeorge at usuarios.retecal.es
Fri Feb 14 02:11:22 MST 2003

Last night in León, the little town in the north west of the Spanish
state where I live, there was an anti-war demonstration of - depending
on who you believe - somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000 people (I'd go
for 15,000 - 16,000). The demonstration was organised by PSOE (the
Spanish Socialist Party), Izquierda Unida (the Spanish Communist Party's
electoral front organisation), the two main trade union federations UGT
and CC.OO, and some other small social groups. Given that León has a
population of between 120,000 and 180,000 (depending on who you count),
and given that, even though it is not that far away from the El Bierzo
and Asturias coalfields it is, by virtue of being an administrative
centre-cum-market town, something of a political backwater, this is
quite an achievement. My in-laws said they had never seen anything like
this before, and given that they are in their sixties, it would probably
be no exaggeration to say that this was the biggest social mobilisation
in León in living memory. I suspect that this kind of thing is happening
all over the place. Augers well for Saturday.

Pictures of last night can be seen at:



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