General Strike

 

The Spanish took to the streets yet again in another strike last Wednesday, November 14th, in  protest over austerity and the government. Until not strikes have been simply that the metro and transportation systems didn’t run for the day but this strike is different. This was a national strike where people roamed the streets with anger—and lots of it!

http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqIAKwatQYSYAQ037w8QF;_ylu=X3oDMTBrc3VyamVwBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQD?p=spain+general+strike&vid=a03405083ec86935daadba8370d2421c&l=&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts4.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DV.5037572216193199%26pid%3D15.1&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fvideo%2Fwatch%2F%3Fid%3D50135159n&tit=Spain%26%2339%3Bs+workers+and+unemployed+organize+general+strike&c=0&sigr=11gn8k4kg&&tt=b

Classes weren’t formally cancelled since teachers at UAB were not striking but we were advised to not come in order to avoid any chaos. The walk to school the next day was shocking–shops, banks, and many other businesses store front windows were smashed or destroyed by spray paint and many ATM’s were completely spray painted so they were inaccessible to customers.

I must admit that I am impressed with hoe quicklly the city cleaned up the messes. By Friday it was as though nothing had happened. All ATM”s and stores I saw were back to normal.

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