Luke Stobart

Spain: a spiral of crisis, cuts and indignacion

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In March 2011 several regular Guardian columnists analysed the crisis in the Spanish state and the response to "austerity" by the population. All agreed that young people were "apathetic" and even "docile".

Two months later that same youth led tens of thousands to occupy city squares and a million to demonstrate across the country - the movement of "the outraged" ("los indignados" in Spanish). Actually the journalists were not wholly wrong: at the time of writing there had been a limited fightback and the consensus across Spain was that people were apathetic.

Letter from Venezuela

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In response to recent right wing attacks, workers are organising to put pressure on Hugo Chávez to deepen the revolution, reports Luke Stobart.

On the afternoon of Friday 11 September, in Caracas, word spreads that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez has returned from an 11-day tour of the Middle East.
Soon large numbers of red caps and T-shirts appear in central Caracas and a powerful current of people heads towards the presidential palace, where thousands would wait several hours to hear their leader.

Cinema and the Spanish Civil War

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Luke Stobart is looking forward to the BFI Southbank film season on the Spanish Civil War

In 1936 the world was submerged in deep economic crisis and mass unemployment, and fascism was already triumphant in Germany and Italy. The Spanish Civil War, which exploded that year in response to a right wing coup by General Franco, offered a chance to turn back the tide. Not only did armed working masses defeat the coup in most Spanish cities but in the regions of Catalonia and Aragon they took over the factories and land from the ruling class. Consequently the war, as the title of the BFI film season declares, stirred the world.

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