[Marxism] Spain: Podemos on road to sweeping away two-party system | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Fri Nov 7 15:08:31 MST 2014

By *Julian Coppens, *Extremadura, western Spain**

November 7, 2014 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
-- About 8000 members of the new organisation Podemos packed the Palacio 
Vistalegre in Madrid on October 18 and 19, 2014, for the final stages of 
the Citizens' Assembly "Si se puede" (Yes we can). The assembly, with 
150,000 taking part online, discussed draft documents for the foundation 
of the Spanish state's newest and fastest growing political force.

In the two weeks since the assembly membership has grown from 150,000 to 
215,000. The latest opinion polls shows Podemos rising from third in 
direct voting intention to first, displacing both the governing 
right-wing People's Party (PP) and the Spanish Socialist Workers Party 
(PSOE) -- Spain's main social-democratic party with more than 100 years 
of history.

In one of the greatest examples of spontaneous organisation anywhere in 
recent decades, more than 900 Podemos circles (local branches) have been 
formed throughout Spain.

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