Antiwar movement deepens in Spain
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Thu Mar 27 11:35:46 MST 2003
Sindicato de Estudiantes
C/Hermanos del Moral 33, bajo A 28019-Madrid
www.sindicatodeestudiantes.org E-mail: s.estudi at arrakis.es
A million students out on the streets
Unprecedented student demonstrations against the imperialist war
CCOO (Workers’ Commissions) and the UGT must call a general strike now
Today, March 26, the Sindicato de Estudiantes (Spanish School Student’s
Union), together with other student organisations, organised another
mobilisation against the war. We organised a student general strike in
the high schools and universities and demonstrations in more than 70
different towns all over Spain. The turnout was hugely successful. A
very high number of students (more than 90%) took part, both in the
schools and the universities. A total of more than a million students
took part in the demonstrations.
The biggest demo was in Madrid with around 250,000 students. Other big
demos took place in Barcelona with more than 150,000, Seville with
30,000, Valencia 25,000, Bilbao over 15,000, Tarragona more than 10,000
Oviedo 10,000, Santiago 7,000, Salamanca 5,000, Gijon, Granada and
Vitoria with more than 2,000…
This was the fourth student general strike called by the Sindicato de
Estudiantes against the imperialist war. The antiwar movement is growing
and each successive mobilisation is more militant than the one before.
For the first time, on this latest mobilisation there was a massive
presence of university students.
In Madrid there were three marches from Atocha, Ciudad Universitaria and
Recoletos, all converging on Puerta del Sol. It was an exemplary
peaceful demonstration. This massive mobilisation of hundreds of
thousands of youth on the streets demanding an end to the imperialist
butchery against the innocent Iraqi people was the best reply that they
could give to the government authorities who had tried to provoke and
intimidate the movement.
The Sintel workers were also there and they greeted the demonstrators at
the end of the march. The Sintel workers have been involved in a long
dispute demanding decent jobs. There were also representatives of IU
(United Left), the CCOO, the UGT and the STES. As the march moved along
many older people joined the demonstration.
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