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Madrid in Flames

Today’s general strike started out promisingly with this picture taken at sunrise this morning from the window of our flat near the Ronda de Atocha by Chema, a real live Spanish anarchist who’s my new housemate.

Here’s Sol during the main mobilization in the afternoon. It was a respectable turnout but lacking any of the energy from the Democracia Real Ya/15-M movement. The many red flags are from the CNT, the main labor union in Spain, which called to strike to oppose the labor reform due to become law. The right argues it will stimulate the Spanish economy by making it easier to fire workers.

UPDATE: The day following the strike, the labor reform passed into law.


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