Europe is in shut-down. Across Europe cities are in revolt.
Transport is closed. Services have stopped. Police are tooled up. Spain, Portugal, Greece of course but right through Belgium, France, Switzerland there are demonstrations of support for European partners hit hardest by Austerity.
The co-ordinated Europe-isation of the debate against ‘Austerity’ is a new departure for the peoples of the union. This could be a game-changer, what is called a ‘Mega-Strike’. Reports flowing in from the continent via social media hint at clashes with security forces in almost every city in Italy. Since yesterday French public service was winding down towards what has been labelled #14N (a reference to the date and the importance of twitter in modern peoples’ movements). Images of firemen lying on tramtracks flashed across Europe’s media last evening. To follow live see the Live-blog link at the bottom of this post
For whatever reasons the Irish unions have decided not to acknowledge Europe’s first mega-strike.
General strike all day. Major protest in the centre of Madrid tonight. Around 600 flights have been cancelled (according to Sky). And just 20% of train services are expected to run.
Portugal General strike all day. Protests in 40 Portuguese towns and cities. Around 160 flights cancelled. Lisbon Metro is closed. Just 10% of train services are expected to run.
Greece A three-hour stoppage from noon (10am GMT). Rallies in Athens from noon, ending in Syntagma Square. EasyJet has rescheduled 10 flights (more details on disruption in Greece here)
Italy Workers will hold a four-hour stoppage.
France No official strike, but demonstrations are taking place across the country.
Belgium Rail workers are on strike, disrupting services
Anti-austerity rally in Westminster tonight.
Guardian Live-Blog Military-like protest in Milan, protestors create a Roman Phalanx of placards designed as literature (Joyce – Ulysses etc.) and march on police