Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/995/27364

From The Socialist newspaper, 16 May 2018

Spain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

Student strikers protesting against disgraceful light sentencing of rapists, 10.5.18, photo by Sindicato de Estudiantes

Student strikers protesting against disgraceful light sentencing of rapists, 10.5.18, photo by Sindicato de Estudiantes   (Click to enlarge)

Sindicato de Estudiantes (Students' Union)

The general student strike on 10 May, called against the shameful light sentencing of the 'wolfpack' rapists, was a great success. More than one million students emptied classrooms and more than 100,000 attended over 60 demonstrations organised by the Sindicato de Estudiantes (SE - Students' Union) and Libres y Combativas platform of SE and Izquierda Revolucionaria (CWI in the Spanish state).

Madrid city centre was filled by over 20,000 young people with an exceptionally combative atmosphere; the same in Barcelona where over 40,000 filled the streets of the Catalan capital.

In the Basque country, thousands marched in Bilbao, Gasteiz, Donosti and Iruña, as well as in all provinces of Andalucia, Valencia, Galicia, Aragon, Extremadura, etc. Tens of thousands of students shouted loud and clear: "It was rape!", "Sister, we are your 'wolfpack'!", "I believe you!" and "Down with sexist 'justice'!"

It was an extraordinary day of struggle in which students expressed their support and solidarity with the victim of the wolfpack as well as rejection of all such savage attacks, which we will not allow to continue, despite the 'justice' system protecting perpetrators.

We showed that the feminists who defend a programme of struggle and anti-capitalism are widening their influence. This is a feminism which is not afraid to call things by their proper name, does not hesitate to denounce the justice system which protects rapists. A feminism which fights the reactionary policies of the People's Party (PP - the main ruling party of prime minister Mariano Rajoy), Ciudadanos and all others who pretend to be feminists while sustaining the capitalist system which oppresses and kills us.

The sentence handed to the wolfpack is part and parcel of the misery which the capitalist system and this corrupt right-wing government forces millions of women, young people and workers to experience on a daily basis.

They wish to send us a clear message: while there is persecution of those who struggle, there is impunity for sexists and corrupt politicians and bosses.

We made history once more in the struggle for freedom. But we cannot now let our guard down. From Libres y Combativas and the Sindicato de Estudiantes we call on all young people to continue to mobilise against all oppression and invite you to join us in building a revolutionary, anti-capitalist feminist movement.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 16 May 2018:


Middle East

Middle East in crisis

Exclusive interview with Gazan activist: "The more they kill us, the more the anger increases"


France '68

May 1968: Revolutionary explosion as two thirds of workforce join strike


PCS

PCS conference 2018: building on the union's militant record

PCS elections - Left sweeps the board


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories' continuing EU quagmire is Corbyn's opportunity

Royal wedding opulence... during longest pay squeeze in 200 years

Richest worth £724bn... as 100,000 kids fall into poverty


Socialist Party workplace news

Strike at Tesco Dagenham for better pay

Belgium Lidl strike victory

Lively Hull demo against college cuts

Harrogate College strike against cuts

Leeds Acas conciliators walkout

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Thousands march on TUC demo

'When we fight, we can win' - campaign halts hospital closure

Chesterfield May Day: march turnout great

Save Our Square takes fight to developers

Save Southall Town Hall legal hearing success


Ronan Point

Ronan Point disaster 50 years on


International socialist news and analysis

Spain: Student general strike against sexist, capitalist 'justice' system

Sweden: Socialist elected leader of 77,000-strong tenants' union


Opinion

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 16 May 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Spain:

triangleHackney & Islington Socialist Party: How can we boot out the Tories

triangleSpanish elections - new upheavals underline need for a revolutionary socialist alternative

triangleWirral Socialist Party: Ireland, Scotland & Spain - national rights and socialism

triangleMemorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

triangleLibres y Combativas: striking for women's rights in the Spanish state

Student:

triangleStudents and workers united in struggle

triangleResist attacks against free speech on campus

triangleSocialist Party Youth and Student national meeting

triangleLincoln Uni NUS disaffiliation: a question of on-campus democracy

Strike:

triangleSouth African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action

triangleStrikes: more determined than ever

triangleRoyal Mail court ruling - national reps meeting and solidarity action essential

General strike:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: What is a general strike?

triangleHow can we build workers' action to support the climate strikes?

Capitalist:

trianglePrince Andrew outrage exposes establishment

Students:

triangleClimate strikes: Students and trade unionists protest together

Young people:

triangleFight for your future - join the socialists

US:

triangleSelling the Socialist

Feminism:

triangleUniversal Credit forces women into 'survival sex': scrap it now!

Basque:

triangleCatalonia independence movement two years on

CWI:

triangleNorthern Ireland: strike action by NHS workers

International

International

4/12/19

South Africa

South African Airways workers win wage increase after strike action

4/12/19

Hong Kong

Hong Kong's uprising

27/11/19

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Presidential election sees return of dictatorial Rajapaksa clan

27/11/19

Iran

Regime's fuel price rise sparks massive protests across Iran

20/11/19

US

Amazon bosses defeated in Seattle - Kshama Sawant reelected

20/11/19

Chile

Chile revolt continues: read eyewitness report

13/11/19

Bolivia

Bolivia: Right-wing coup ousts Morales

13/11/19

Kshama Sawant

Kshama Sawant reelected in Seattle

6/11/19

Chile

End repression in Chile - freedom for soldier David Veloso

30/10/19

Chile

Chile in revolt

23/10/19

Chile

Chile: An outpouring of rage against the capitalist system

23/10/19

Kurds

Solidarity with the Kurdish people

23/10/19

Catalonia

Catalonia: Draconian prison sentences of independence leaders provokes mass protests and strikes

23/10/19

China

China at the crossroads: 70 years since the declaration of the People's Republic of China

23/10/19

Lebanon

Massive protests against Lebanon's corrupt elite

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999