Spain

Fascist coup in Washington accelerates Spanish army’s coup plotting

By Alejandro López, 15 January 2021

Spain’s conservative Popular Party, the main parliamentary opposition to the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, is debating whether to endorse the campaign waged by army officers and the fascist Vox party for a coup d’état.

Over 600,000 dead from coronavirus in Europe

By Will Morrow, 14 January 2021

Scientists are warning that the pandemic is entering into an even more catastrophic stage than anything that has preceded it.

Spain’s Morenoite CRT denies Trump’s fascist coup in Washington

By Alejandro López, 13 January 2021

The Workers Revolutionary Current’s complacent response to the coup attempt in America is directly linked to their silence on generals’ calls for a fascist coup in Spain.

Spain passes two million coronavirus cases as infection rates surge

By Alice Summers, 11 January 2021

After a lull in new daily infections and deaths, the holidays saw a renewed surge of COVID-19 in Spain, with cases returning to levels last seen in late October.

Amid fascist coup in Washington, Spanish officers intensify far-right plotting

By Alejandro López, 9 January 2021

As Trump attempted a coup in Washington, Spanish officers wrote to Defence Minister Margarita Robles, demanding she “change the course” of the elected government.

Based on a Jack London short story

The Minions of Midas: The making of a certain social type

By David Walsh, 9 January 2021

In the drama’s favor, one must say, first of all, that it is unmistakably of our day: riots in the streets, political and financial secrets concealed from the population, endless, antidemocratic machinations at the top of society.

Strikes spread across Spain as anger mounts at COVID-19 herd immunity policy

By Alejandro López, 4 January 2021

Workers’ struggles erupted in Spain in December, anticipating an intensification of the class struggle across Europe as a winter of death opens in the new year.

Spanish officers plot fascist coup to impose “herd immunity” COVID-19 policy

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 31 December 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party and its ruling social-democratic allies are hushing up active plotting for a coup that has taken place throughout virtually the entire year.

Spain to cut pensions as billions go to super-rich in EU pandemic bailout

By Alice Summers, 31 December 2020

While handing out €140 billion in COVID-19 bailouts to the banks, the “left populist” Podemos party is moving to slash workers’ pensions.

Active-duty Spanish officers hail retired officers’ fascist calls for mass murder

By Alejandro López, 29 December 2020

Despite the PSOE-Podemos government’s denials, calls by retired officers for a fascist coup and mass murder of left-wing voters have broad support among serving officers.

This week in history: December 28-January 3

29 December 2020

25 years ago: AT&T announces massive cuts, leading corporate assault on jobsOn January 2, 1996, AT&T announced it would slash over 40,000 jobs, bringing the new year in the same way the previous one ended, with major corporations posting record profits while destroying jobs on a massive scale.

Jacobin glorifies Dolores Ibárruri, Stalinist executioner of the Spanish Revolution

Part two

By Barry Grey, 24 December 2020

The glorification of Ibárruri by Jacobin and the DSA is by no means an aberration. It is part of a calculated promotion of Stalinism and the American Communist Party as models for radicalizing workers and youth today.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government defends “herd immunity” policy in the Lancet

By Alice Summers, 24 December 2020

Its letter to the Lancet defends a policy that led to around 50,000 COVID-19 deaths in the first five months of 2020 alone.

Spain’s Podemos deliberately downplayed COVID-19 danger starting in January

By Alejandro López, 23 December 2020

While Podemos officials downplayed the dangers from COVID-19, the Spanish Ministry of Defence was buying up personal protective equipment in anticipation of a pandemic.

Active-duty Spanish soldiers chant fascist songs in online videos

By Alejandro López, 21 December 2020

This underscores the criminal role of the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government, which downplayed fascist sentiment in the army.

Spain’s ruling PSOE, Podemos use “anti-disinformation” tool for internet spying

By Alice Summers, 11 December 2020

The ELISA tool aims to detect “disinformation seeking to generate polarisation” amid mounting social anger at austerity and official handling of the pandemic.

Podemos denies mounting danger of fascist military coup in Spain

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 5 December 2020

This is a politically criminal attempt to lull workers and youth to sleep as anger mounts at officers’ calls to support fascism and murder of millions of left-wing voters in Spain.

Adu: A young African boy on a perilous journey

By Joanne Laurier, 5 December 2020

Adu is a hard-hitting Spanish film about the global refugee crisis, dramatizing its vast dimensions through the travails of a young boy as he makes a life-threatening journey throughout Africa.

Spanish generals call for mass murder in fascistic leaked WhatsApp chats

By Alejandro López, 4 December 2020

Dozens of high-ranking retired officers participated in a WhatsApp chat in which they proclaimed their loyalty to fascism and called to murder tens of millions of people.

Podemos silent on Spanish generals’ coup threats

By Alejandro López, 2 December 2020

Podemos is far more afraid of explosive opposition on their left, among workers and youth, than it is about far-right coup plots against its own coalition government with the PSOE.

Deaths mount as Spain’s PSOE–Podemos government escalates assault on migrants

By Alice Summers, 1 December 2020

At least nine migrants died last week trying to reach the Canary Islands, bringing the total deaths on the West African migration route to more than 500 this year.

Retired Spanish officers appeal to the king to back a military coup

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 1 December 2020

Army and Air Force officers have sent letters to King Felipe VI and to the European parliament, asking them to support action against Spain’s elected government.

This week in history: November 30-December 6

30 November 2020

75 years ago: General Douglas MacArthur, the effective leader of US-occupied Japan, ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe and eight of the country’s other civilian and military leaders for war crimes, setting the stage for criminal prosecutions.

Spain’s Podemos to oversee distribution of EU bailout funds to the super-rich

By Alejandro López, 30 November 2020

The integration of Podemos in European Union bailout mechanisms testifies to the bankruptcy of its middle-class and anti-Marxist “Left Populist” politics.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government builds migrant concentration camps on Canary Islands

By Alice Summers, 25 November 2020

Like Syriza in Greece, the “left populist” Podemos party is supporting the building of mass internment camps to imprison thousands of refugees.

COVID-19 infections spread rapidly in Spain amid government inaction

By Alice Summers, 23 November 2020

Despite the dangerously high infection figures, the Podemos-Socialist Party government has refused to take the action required to curb the pandemic, imposing only limited and ineffectual curfew measures, with some areas of the country beginning to scale back restrictions.

The Endless Trench: Hiding for decades from the Spanish fascists

By David Walsh, 20 November 2020

The film fictionally treats an actual phenomenon, the dozens or more of left-wing opponents of Franco, known as “moles,” who concealed themselves in their own homes for 30 years following the defeat of the Republican forces in 1939.

Record daily coronavirus death tolls in Italy and Spain since September

By Will Morrow, 19 November 2020

On Tuesday, another 731 people died in Italy, and 753 on Wednesday, the highest tolls since the previous peak in March.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government imposes internet censorship

By Alice Summers, 17 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is endorsing state censorship of the Internet, supposedly to fight “disinformation” and “foreign intervention.”

Stalinist Podemos minister pledges to keep US military bases in Spain

By Alejandro López, 14 November 2020

Alberto Garzón defended Spain’s deal with the Pentagon, citing the fact that Democrat Joe Biden recently won the presidential elections.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos regime rejects lock-downs as COVID-19 soars

By Alice Summers, 10 November 2020

The priorities of the ruling class in Spain are clear: even if lockdown measures could largely eliminate the virus in only a few weeks, they would rather see mass contagion and death in order to ensure the working class keeps producing profits.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government rejects calls for shelter-at-home policy

By Alejandro López, 3 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is helping keep workers at work and children at school so that profits can continue accruing to major banks and investors.

Spanish police make ludicrous claim Russia plotted to invade Catalonia

By Alejandro López, 31 October 2020

Spain’s paramilitary police also made basesless allegations that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange was party to a plot involving 10,000 Russian troops attacking Spain.

Spain’s “left populist” Podemos separates migrant children from their parents

By Alejandro López, 24 October 2020

A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

COVID-19 resurgence devastates Spanish working class

By Alice Summers, 20 October 2020

Despite the devastation caused by COVID-19, the Socialist Party-Podemos government is refusing to take any serious measures to contain the pandemic.

French, Spanish hospital workers protest as COVID-19 spreads across Europe

By Will Morrow, 15 October 2020

Protests are driven by demands for desperately-needed resources for hospital workers to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The lifestyles of the pseudo-left

Podemos minister Irene Montero poses for Vanity Fair

By Alice Summers, 12 October 2020

The interview with the partner of Podemos general secretary Pablo Iglesias aimed to reassure Vanity Fair’s affluent readership that Podemos is utterly corrupt.

State of emergency declared in Madrid as COVID-19 resurgence sweeps Europe

By Jordan Shilton, 10 October 2020

New daily infections in Europe Friday surpassed the 100,000 mark for the second day running.

Spanish court bars Catalan regional premier from holding public office

By Alejandro López, 5 October 2020

Regardless of who is in power in Madrid, the ruling class exploits the Catalan issue in order to shift politics further to the right and build a police state.

PSOE, Podemos propose herd immunity as COVID-19 rips through Madrid

By Alejandro López, 3 October 2020

This week, the Spanish government reached a deal with Madrid regional authorities on policies for the working class districts hardest hit by the virus.

Youth protests over COVID-19 mount in working-class districts of Madrid

By Alejandro López, 28 September 2020

Madrid is the epicentre of the resurgence of COVID-19 in Spain, now the worst-hit country in Western Europe, with 51 dying last Friday alone.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government assaults protests vs. herd immunity policy

By Alejandro López, 26 September 2020

As 7,500 army troops deploy to Madrid amid a Europe-wide resurgence of COVID-19, this crackdown is a threat aimed at the entire working class.

Spanish pseudo-left covers for union complicity in back-to-school drive

By Alice Summers, 25 September 2020

The Morenoite Workers Revolutionary Current, and its daily publication Izquierda Diario, is refusing to oppose the return to classrooms, aiming instead to divert opposition to it into impotent channels.

Exposure of Trump’s lies on COVID-19 implicates Spain’s Podemos party

By Alejandro López, 15 September 2020

Though it had access to intelligence briefings on the deadly danger posed by the pandemic, Podemos adopted a criminally negligent policy.

“Practically all children, one way or another, will be infected”

Spanish government demands schools reopen as COVID-19 deaths surge

By Alice Summers, 11 September 2020

The PSOE-Podemos government is deliberately implementing a reckless and criminal policy that will lead to an explosion of cases and many unnecessary deaths.

European countries force children back to school amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 22 August 2020

The drive to reopen schools after the summer break continues unabated throughout Europe as the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates across the continent.

Spanish unions agree to shut down Barcelona Nissan plants

By Alice Summers, 22 August 2020

The deal adds a further year to the ticking time-bomb of mass firings, postponing the approximately 25,000 job losses from the end of 2020 to the end of 2021.

Over a million jobs lost in Spain amid coronavirus pandemic

By Alice Summers, 12 August 2020

Another 1 million workers are still furloughed in Spain, and will likely be cast onto unemployment rolls when this scheme comes to an end in the autumn.

King Juan Carlos flees Spain to avoid corruption probe

By Alejandro López, 11 August 2020

Former King Juan Carlos I de Borbón who reigned from 1975 until his abdication in 2014 has fled Spain amid investigations into suspected kickbacks and fraud.

COVID-19 surges in Spain as government pushes reopening of schools

By Alejandro López, 5 August 2020

The return to school is a criminal policy exposing children, teachers, families and neighbourhoods to serious illness and death.

Migrant farmworkers in Spain protest amid COVID-19 surge

By Alice Summers, 4 August 2020

Low-paid agricultural workers are seen as an entirely dispensable workforce, forced to work back-breaking days in appalling conditions.

Spain’s Podemos hails €750 billion EU bank bailout for COVID-19 crisis

By Alejandro López, 28 July 2020

The EU bailout Iglesias calls a “breath of fresh air” is the roll-out across Europe of the model of Greek bailouts after the 2008 crash, to repay trillions of euros given to the rich.

Catalan politicians’ phones hacked by government-grade spyware

By Alice Summers, 24 July 2020

The hacking occurred under the premiership of Pedro Sánchez of the Spanish Socialist Party, which is now backed by the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Barcelona residents told to stay at home as COVID-19 resurges across Europe

By Alejandro López, 20 July 2020

Regional authorities have asked over 4 million people not to leave their homes, as the back-to-work campaigns accelerates the contagion of COVID-19 across Europe.

Far-right Vox party to launch fascist trade union in Spain

By Alejandro López, 13 July 2020

Vox intends to exploit the reactionary role played by Spain’s main unions, which support the austerity policies of the ruling Podemos and Socialist parties.

Spain imposes regional lockdowns amid resurgence of COVID-19

By Alice Summers, 10 July 2020

After ending the national lockdown, the Podemos-PSOE government is rejecting a coordinated response, leaving regional authorities with managing outbreaks.

Spanish unions isolate Nissan workers’ struggle

By Alice Summers, 8 July 2020

As assaults on jobs and conditions mount across Spain, the unions are trying to suppress autoworkers’ opposition to the closure of Nissan’s Barcelona factory.

Spain participated in failed 2019 US coup in Venezuela

By Alejandro López, 4 July 2020

New information emerging about the coup exposes Spain’s ruling “left populist” party, Podemos, as a tool of imperialism’s bloody foreign policy in Latin America.

Striking Spanish Nissan workers boo unions and Podemos mayor of Barcelona

By Alejandro López, 15 June 2020

This points to the explosive conflict emerging between the working class and the pseudo-left and the unions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and an upsurge of class struggle.

Anticapitalistas leave Spain’s Podemos-Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 11 June 2020

Anticapitalistas is being sent out of Podemos to function as a paid political agency of the state, intervening in protests and strikes against Podemos in order to strangle them.

Nissan confirms job cuts as strike against Spanish plant closures continues

By Alejandro López, 6 June 2020

Thousands of Nissan workers, their families and sympathisers are striking, protesting and blocking roads to protest the automaker’s decision to shut down its Barcelona plant.

COVID-19: Podemos, social-democrats prepare to send Spanish police against workers’ protests

By Alejandro López, 18 May 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is backing plans for Civil Guards to attack working class protests and monitor social media for signs of online dissent.

Podemos pushes “back to work” as Spanish army expects new COVID-19 outbreak

By Alejandro López, 11 May 2020

The state is placing the lives of millions of workers going back to work in danger, putting corporate profits above workers’ lives.

Strikes and workers’ protests mount against “back to work” campaign

By Shannon Jones, 9 May 2020

The incompetence and callous disregard for human life by the capitalist authorities in country after country is fueling an upsurge in the class struggle.

Spain bans May Day protests on “public health” grounds while sending millions back to work

By Alejandro López, 5 May 2020

Spanish courts ruled that the COVID-19 danger outweighs basic democratic rights, but Madrid does not believe it outweighs workers’ duty to produce profits for the capitalists.

Euro zone economy contracts at record pace

By Nick Beams, 2 May 2020

The European Central Bank has taken the same road as the US Fed, committing itself to pump still more money across the board into the financial markets.

Spain ends confinement, moving to “new normal” as COVID-19 cases rise

By Alejandro López, 30 April 2020

On Tuesday evening, Sánchez outlined his government’s plan under the name “ Transition Plan to a New Normal.”

Spain’s Podemos party acquiesces to legal persecution of its member Isabel Serra

By Alejandro López, 28 April 2020

Serra was sentenced to a draconian 18 months in prison and a €2000 fine for attending a protest against the eviction of a disabled person in a working class area of Madrid.

Spain: Podemos Labour Ministry accepts that hundreds of thousands will die from COVID-19

By Alejandro López, 25 April 2020

Podemos bases its policy of forcing nonessential workers back to work in Spain on its willingness to accept millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Europe’s pandemic death toll passes 100,000

By Robert Stevens, 20 April 2020

The five major states in Europe—Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the UK—account for around 85,000 of the 100,000 plus deaths.

Spanish workers strike against being forced to work without protection

By Alejandro López, 20 April 2020

Telepizza workers are striking as the Socialist Party-Podemos coalition government orders millions of workers back to work facing unsafe conditions.

Spanish workers furious as unions support “back to work” in COVID-19 pandemic

By Alejandro López, 14 April 2020

Working class anger is rising against the Socialist Party-Podemos government, which forced millions of non-essential workers back to work yesterday

COVID-19 deaths surpass 76,000 in Europe as Spanish government sends millions back to work

By Robert Stevens, 13 April 2020

More than 30 National Health Service workers are reported to have died as the UK’s death toll rises above 10,000.

Spanish unions support back-to-work order amid raging pandemic

By Alejandro López, 13 April 2020

The order threatens to lead to hundreds of thousands of more infections and tens of thousands of deaths, while big business reaps massive profits.

European governments plot return to work in midst of pandemic

By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020

As plans were being hatched over how to impose a return to work, over 4,000 new pandemic deaths were reported in Europe on Friday, bringing the total for the continent to over 70,000.

Spanish government to force workers in non-essential industries back to work

By Alejandro López, 11 April 2020

Podemos and the Spanish social democrats are needlessly sacrificing thousands of workers’ lives in order to boost corporate profits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Europe’s investors celebrate stock market rally as thousands die of COVID-19

By Jordan Shilton, 10 April 2020

While over 4,100 people died of COVID-19 yesterday, stock markets finished the week with huge gains as the ruling elite’s plan to force workers back to work emerges.

As Europe’s COVID-19 death toll nears 50,000, British PM Johnson admitted to hospital

By Robert Stevens, 6 April 2020

There is mounting evidence that fatalities are much higher when deaths outside hospitals are factored in.

Unemployment surges in Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2020

The catastrophe now unfolding in Europe is rooted not in the biological properties of the coronavirus, but in the political bankruptcy of European capitalism.

Spanish police assault steelworkers striking against COVID-19 “back-to-work” order

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2020

The police assault on the Sidenor steel factory in the Basque Country was carried out under the authority of the pseudo-left Podemos party and the Spanish social-democrats.

Pandemic death toll in Europe rises to 19,000 as savaged health care systems are overwhelmed

By Thomas Scripps and Alice Summers, 28 March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is preying on Europe’s 500 million-plus population whose health care services have been decimated by years of government austerity and private sector looting.

Coronavirus in Europe: Overworked hospitals become death traps

By Gregor Link, 28 March 2020

The criminal inactivity of European governments has led to a murderous and vicious circle of overwork, infection and work absences in hospitals throughout the continent.

Death toll over 12,000 in Europe as coronavirus infections escalate

By Thomas Scripps, 25 March 2020

WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom insisted it was still possible to “change the trajectory,” but warned that governments were failing to devote the necessary resources to the crisis.

Over 620 deaths in Italy on Friday as coronavirus fatalities surge in Europe

By Robert Stevens, 21 March 2020

Italy, Spain, Belgium and the UK all recorded their largest single-day death tolls in the global coronavirus pandemic on Friday.

Going into lockdown, Europe overtakes China as coronavirus epicenter

By Alex Lantier, 18 March 2020

Europe is set to soon have more coronavirus cases than China and already has seen more deaths: 3,401 people have died in Europe, and 3,226 have died in China.

Spain puts Madrid, Basque country on lockdown as coronavirus cases multiply

By Alejandro López, 11 March 2020

The decision came after Spain’s Ministry of Health said there were 1,622 registered cases, compared to 1,200 the day before.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government sends police to Greece to attack migrants

By Alejandro López, 9 March 2020

The pseudo-left is complicit in the dispatching of police to Greece, where far right thugs are attacking refugees with the complicity of the government.

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias joins state commission running Spanish intelligence

By Alejandro López, 2 March 2020

Iglesias is sworn to secrecy as he oversees an organization with a long history of brutal repression and targeted assassinations of militant workers and left-wing groups.

Anticapitalistas prepare to leave Spain’s Podemos-Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 13 February 2020

Amid growing protests against the right-wing policies of Podemos, its Anticapitalistas faction called for a “civilized, respectful, empathetic and even loving” separation from Podemos.

Farmers protest Socialist Party-Podemos government in Madrid

By Alejandro López, 6 February 2020

As thousands of farmers don yellow vests, echoing mass social protests in France, the reactionary Socialist Party-Podemos government fears a social explosion in Spain.

General strike for jobs and pensions erupts in Spain’s Basque Country

By Alejandro López, 3 February 2020

The central issue is to take the struggle out of the hands of the unions and appeal for broad support in the Spanish working class against the Podemos-PSOE government.

At Davos, Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government shows the banks its credentials

By Alejandro López, 27 January 2020

Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Pedro Sánchez reiterated that his new Spanish Socialist Party coalition government with Podemos is committed to austerity.

Spain’s new PSOE-Podemos government commits itself to austerity and war

By Alejandro López, 13 January 2020

Described by its architects as Spain’s most progressive government since the Second Republic (1931-1939), it is in fact committed to austerity, repression and militarism.

Podemos enters Spanish government

By Alex Lantier, 8 January 2020

The formation of the government capped two months of manoeuvres within the Spanish ruling elite after the November 10 elections produced yet another hung parliament.

PSOE-Podemos loses investiture vote as Spanish right attacks Catalan government

By Alejandro López, 8 January 2020

On Sunday, acting Socialist Party (PSOE) Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez failed in a first vote to obtain the required majority to establish a government in coalition with the pseudo-left Podemos party.

Far-right Spanish general demands ouster of Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López, 24 December 2019

According to El País, this call from the former chief of staff of the Spanish army is circulating widely in the officer corps among WhatsApp groups.

EU court rules jailed Catalan nationalist Junqueras had immunity

By Alejandro López, 23 December 2019

Madrid nevertheless kept Junqueras in jail over his role in the 2017 Catalan independence referendum and did not allow him to take his European parliament seat.

Assange gives evidence in Spanish case against security contractor

By Thomas Scripps, 21 December 2019

David Morales, a former Spanish military officer, is accused of spying on Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy and was charged in October with privacy violation, bribery and money laundering.

Unions demand jailed Catalan leader support Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government

By Alejandro López, 10 December 2019

Spain’s two largest trade unions are directly complicit with the attempt by Podemos and the Socialist Party to install a pro-austerity, police-state regime.

Catalan nationalists negotiate over support for PSOE-led Spanish government

By Alejandro López, 4 December 2019

The Catalan nationalist parties are negotiating with the social democrats, even as the social democrats assault mass protests in Catalonia and target the nationalist parties.