Archive for July 21st, 2012

21/07/2012

Spain: Mass Protests against Most Brutal Cuts Since Dictator Franco

Human Wrongs Watch

Millions of citizens continue to protest in major Spanish cities against the right-wing government’s policy of severe cuts imposed on health, education and unemployment subsidies, while reducing public workers’ wages and increasing taxes on law and mid income people to save 65 billion euro (US$80 billion) in two and a half years. Over the last seven months, Mariano Rajoy’s government has focused basically on the immediate bail out of private banks with up to 100 billion euro (over US$120 billion).

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/may2012/spai-m01.shtml

**Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Iker Parriza

By Chris Marsden (WSWS)* – Thursday’s [19 July] demonstrations in Spain against the Popular Party (PP) government’s latest austerity measures were a mass outpouring of anger and defiance.

Well over a million and possibly several million protested in 80 cities, with some estimates of the numbers protesting in the capital Madrid as high as 800,000, and hundreds of thousands protesting in Barcelona.

The protests coincided with parliament meeting to approve a package of €65 billion (US$80 billion) of wage cuts, spending cuts and tax increases announced earlier by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

read more »

21/07/2012

UN to Israel ‘Stop Violating Palestinian Child Detainees Human Rights’

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories condemned Israel’s use of solitary confinement against Palestinian children, and urged the Israeli Government to treat such detainees in accordance with international human rights laws.

Israeli soldier arresting 12 year-old Palestinian child at Nablus checkpoint | Credit:United Nations

.
“Israel’s use of solitary confinement against children flagrantly violates international human rights standards,” the Special Rapporteur Richard Falk said in a news release.
.
“However, using solitary confinement as a punishment for Palestinian children who wish to peacefully protest their situation, including by commencing a hunger strike against conditions of detention, is an appalling abuse of child prisoners,” he added.
.
“I again condemn Israel’s harsh arrest operations and procedures.”
%d bloggers like this: