[Marxism] Mass protests across Europe show that a new politics is on the horizon | Lefteast
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Fri Jan 4 06:34:08 MST 2019
Over the following weeks, seemingly unrelated protests also took place
A series of weekly protests began against government-inspired violence
in Serbia after the leader of a small left-leaning party was violently
assaulted while visiting the small town of Kruševac on 23 November. Tens
of thousands took to the streets of the capital city Belgrade on 22
A major teachers’ strike and protest in Lithuania started in late
November and led to the downfall of a Minister of Education and Science
in early December.
In Albania, a student protest wave which had brought 50,000 on the
streets of the capital Tirana on 4 December led to a cabinet reshuffle
as the Albanian PM Edi Rama sacked seven ministers on 29 December in an
attempt to stem the spreading tide of protest.
Demonstrations also started in Hungary, following the passing on 12
December of the so-called ’slave law’ which made it possible to do 400
hours of overtime every year. Ten thousand people marched in Budapest,
giving a focus for various popular initiatives to coalesce and seek to
Protests in Republika Srpska, the the Serb part of Bosnia-Herzegovina,
which had begun in March 2018, also reached a dramatic peak on 25
December as police arrested the parents of the young man whose
suspicious death had kick-started protests earlier in the year.
Strikes and demonstrations have broken out in Catalonia since early
November, as the province of Spain which declared independence last year
saw major confrontation continue with the new government in Madrid.
Clashes with Spanish police ensued.
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