(Eng)Boletin UPA 2/9/96 1/2(Cast)

Luis Prat (prat@chem.ucsb.edu)
Thu, 15 Feb 1996 14:37:49 -0800

El Bafio 1/25/96

TACISA 96: MORE LAYOFFS. During the 20 months of labor conflict at TACISA
the company has paid out more than 600 million ptas for over 100 agreed-to
layoffs (incentive layoffs), without spending anything in the creation of
new jobs, a valid way to get out of disagreements with the workers.
Productivity during 1995 was 14% less than what was agreed to between the
company and the Canarias government. According to the company this is due to
the absenteeism produced by a 48 day strike, which labor representatives
reject, accusing the company of intentionally negotiating in bad faith to
justify future closings and continue with more layoffs in 1996; thus the
machine cleaning personnel has not had their contract renewed. Note the lack
of willingness to negotiate on the company's part.

The Asociacion de Amigos del Pueblo Saharaui (Association of Friends of the
Saharan People) organized a campaign in Fuerteventura to collect gofio for
the saharan refugees in the Tinduf camps. With the support of the
municipalities of Betancuria, Pajara, Antigua, Tuineje and the islands'
Cabildo they collected ten and a half tons of this superb traditionally
canarian food, consumed by the guanches, which consists of roasted ground
cereal, mainly wheat and corn after it was introduced from America.
According to the association "thus we show the friendship of the people of
Fuerteventura towards the Sahara people".


The Colectivo 86 ran a campaign in Lanzarote, during december and january,
to help the nomadic tuaregs, sending food, medicines and clothing in good
shape accompanied by a group of volunteers to ensure the delivery to the
tuareg camps bordering Mali. Middle school students have taken an active
part in the campaign, the main foods collected have been powder milk and gofio.


About 700 people participated on 1/26 in a demonstration "against capitalism
and labor reform" called by Bloque Anticapitalista. Another demonstration
was planned for 2/4 in homage to Vicente Basanta, a worker murdered on
2/5/77 by a cop while painting graffitti (the cop was later acquitted at
the trial). This call has been seconded by numerous organizations and a
citizen's commission "Vicente Basanta" has been formed. Red Autonoma.

"La Kloaka del Sur" #7, alternative fanzine for free. Also, by paying 250
ptas in stamps, a tape by the group "Gorgias" is available. Contact:
Maxikortatu c/ Los Hornos 4-1 #1 14730 Posadas (Cordoba). This people
correct a news from "Molo" which said they had okupied a local in their
town. In reality the okupation failed and didn't happen. On the other hand,
on 1/17 two persons from Posada were tried accused by the police of
destroying traffic signs in 1992. The judge diminished the crime to a
misdemeanor and imposed sentences of house arrest and almost 100,000 ptas
for damages.

The Sumendi Association publishes a bulletin named "Cure yourself without
the dangers of drugs" written by Dr. Eneko Landaburu Pitarque. The cost is
300 ptas, order from Aptdo. 5.098 48080 Bilbao Sumendi
(Library Section).

A new secretary general was elected by the CNT at its VIII Congress on
December 9. The elected militant was Jose Luis Velasco from the Bank
Syndicate of Madrid's local federation. Thus the National Committee will now
reside in Madrid.

Berlin. UPA 1/14/96

On January 14th, at 10 AM the demonstration in homage to Rosa Luxemburg and
Karl Liebnecht started. 10,000 people of all ages, nationalities and leftist
political affiliation marched through the streets of East Berlin, from the
former Lenin Plaza (today United Nations Plaza) to the cemetery where they
are buried. In general this already traditional demonstration happens
peacefully and with a festive atmosphere, when they arrive at the cemetery
they place red flowers on the tombs and then they walk around the area and
set up political booths. This year, for the first time in 6 years, there
were problems with the police as they charged several times against the
demonstration throughout its trajectory, directing these brutal attacks
against the demonstration's antifascist block (headed by a banner from
Antifascist Action), as well as against a group of kurds and turkish people.
They didn't mind people at their windows nor the TV cameras (they didn't
show it in the TV news) nor the photographers. They hit hard and took
several people away. Upon arriving at the cemetery the police vans left and
all seemed peaceful. But suddenly they charged again without motive,
aparently to arrest people. Despite fear and confusion, a large sector of
people responded to the aggression making use of rocks, sticks from the
banners and their own arms and legs, trying to free those that were being
arrested. Right away vans with reinforcements arrived, people were trying to
prevent them from reaching the battle ground, placing themselves in front of
the vans, but they advanced regardless of the possibility of running people
over. A lot of people were wounded and many were arrested with a brutality
without precedent in a demonstration of this nature where children and older
people are present, many of whom watched the police action with tears in
their eyes. Finally the police took the place, closed the cemetery and
forced everyone to leave.

Zaragoza. Acratador 1/18/96.

On sunday january 14 there was a tumultuous fight between young antifascists
and neonazis, and as a result several nazis ended up in the hospital and the
police arrested six antifas, of which five went before the judge to be set
free. The events started at 20:30 hrs in the bar area of Moncasi, when a
group of catalan recruits with the looks of nazi skins who are doing
military service in Zaragoza attacked a boy wearing an antifascist symbol.
Lots of young people came out to help and there was a big fight where the
nazis came out the losers. The local and national police showed up
inmediately club in hand. The people dispersed. Fifteen policemen entered
alternative bar Planta Baja, frisking everybody and searching the bar
looking for a baseball bat that could not be found. Outside a line-up was
established: two nazis inside a police car with tinted windows "identified"
all of the bar's customers, who were forced to come out one by one. They
arrested six people, all minors except one. Some are members of SHARP and
the JJLL (juventudes Libertarias - Libertarian Youth). Note that the
soldiers were all pretty big, so it would have been very difficult for them
to be beat up by such young boys. The media manipulation was total: the
radio spoke of a fight between skin heads and soldiers. With regards to the
arrested people, one of them was set free by the police and the rest came
out on monday the 15th at 21 hrs after having seen the judge. They claimed
they didn't take part in the fiht and were inside the bar. Note also that
the police treated them correctly during the arrests as well as at the
station. The police doubted that such young kids could have given such a
beating to the much stronger nazis: five nazi soldiers had to go to the
military hospital, two had to be admitted, one with a broken nose and the
other with a broken rib. For their part, the Press Commission of Plataforma
Antifascista de Zaragoza sent several communiques to the media and
personally visited the offices of some newspapers: thanks to this the news
were objective. In Zaragoza the majority of the soldiers doing military
service are catalan and many skins go to the areas where the leftist bars
are. Among these recruits there are members of the catalan neonazi
organization Alternativa Europea, whose graffitti and stickers they put up.

Madrid. UPA 1/24/96

On friday 1/19 David Gonzalez, 20 years old, was assassinated by a knife
wound to the heart, during a fight in Madrid's Moncloa district. Although
initially the press informed that he was killed for refusing to sing "Cara
al Sol" (fascist anthem T.N.) and to shout "Arriba Espan~a" students from
his former school say that he was a convinced nazi. He took part in assaults
and even some knife attacks and publicly defended his nazi ideology. At the
B. Beatriz Galindo Institute (Goya area) he was the nazi chieftain and his
nickname was "Ghost", until two years ago when he was expelled from the
institute. Even though he stayed out of trouble since then, he held the same
ideas and continued seeing, along with his friend Alfonso, the nazis at
Plaza de los Cubos. We don't have information about the fight and its motives.

New antifascist collective in Alicante. Accion Antinazi is the name of this
collective, that demands direct action against fascism. There is no contact

Gathering at Anton Martin protesting the assassination of a prostitute.
On january 15 there was a gathering near the Anton Martin Metro, where a few
weeks ago a prostitute was assassinated. The Collective for the defense of
prostitute's rights, Hetaira, read a communique where it denounced the low
interest of the police to investigate this case since it was a prostitute
and the possible neonazi involvement in the murder.

Gathering in Zaragoza against the attack on two students.
Coinciding with the anniversary of the slaughter of labor lawyers in Atocha,
nearly 200 people took part in a gathering in front of the Escuela de Bellas
Artes (School of Fine Arts) on january 24, protesting the atmosphere of
terror that the fascists have imposed upon the school. A group of former
students painted graffitti on the school's walls with slogans such as "Art
and Autonomy against Fascism" and others in different languages. After the
protest no students attended class. This art school is located in the middle
of the most fascist neighborhood and there have been several aggressions in
front of the school. On Nov. 20th the school was closed for fear of
fascist-provoked incidents. Recently two students were assaulted. The
initiative comes from the school's director, who was also threatened by the
nazis, numerous students and support from PAZ. The protest was well received
by the local media. CAMPI/Red Autonoma. Zaragoza.

Call for antifascist demonstrations against aggressions. It's being called
by Asamblea Antifascista Madrid Sur and the Brigadas NG and will take place
saturday 2/3 at 18hrs at the RENFE (railroad) station in Madrid.

"New" fascist group in Madrid. With some street graffitti, RNJ asks for
votes for Saenz de Ynestrillas. It looks like the public presentation of his
fascist party's youth NJ.Madrid. UPA.

Sevilla. Youth against Racism. 1/25/96.

On January 25th there will be an antifascist concentration in Sevilla on the
ocassion of the trial against two of the better known neonazis of this city:
El Pelaez and El Sebas (Sebastian Ganga Valle, c/ Urbion 13 - Sevilla).
These fascists attacked a group of friends at Parque Maria Luisa in june '95
and one of the victims pressed charges. The young man was able to escape
after being kicked on the head with the Dr. Martens and went to seek refuge
at the local police station, who didn't listen to him nor went to look for
the aggressors. He also had nails stuck in his arm and other lesions due to
the beating. Perhaps 50 fascist attacks happen in Sevilla every year. The
group calling for the action, Jovenes Contra el Racismo en Europa (Youth
against Racism in Europe), called the Brigada Antimancha (Antispot brigade)
for 1/30/96, a new initiative that will clean up so much racist and fascist
graffitti off Sevilla's walls. The group urges the expansion of this
cleaning campaign that already has 80 volunteers.

Madrid. La Radical Gai. 1/24/96

"Chaperos are young people that practice prostitution ... masculine
prostitution, due to the tabus still alive surrounding homosexuality, the
institutions of social assistance have never bothered with them". The
Radical Gai demands the end of this neglect. That is why it has got the
Spanish Red Cross to start, in cooperation with the CAD from Madrid City
Hall and Caritas Diocesana (catholic church charity), in their daily
attentions, a program to help chaperos that want to quit using drugs. This
program that is already working and includes all chaperos, including
foreigners, doesn't make them give up their occupation. The data on the
compromise reached are:
1) The Red Cross will set aside 50 hospital beds a year for detoxification.
2) The evaluation and follow-up will be the responsibility of Madrid's CAD.
3) Caritas will supply fare to go to the hospitals.
Radical Gai will do the necessary work so that Madrid's chaperos know and
take advantage of this compromise, so that they may stop being a forgotten,
unattended and discriminated against collective. Likewise Radical Gai works
so that the above mentioned institutions make this program available to the
prostitute and transexual collectives.


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