Socialist Resistance’s sister organisation in the Spanish state, Anticapitalistas, has welcomed the agreement between the new left wing party Podemos and the communist party-backed United Left for the forthcoming general election on June. Podemos was formed just a few short years ago and is built out of the anti-austerity mass movement in the Spanish state. Its name means We Can!.
The last General election on December 20 2015 ended in a massive leap forward for Podemos. In its first general election it won 69 seats and camewas third placed, behind the former ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) with 123 seats and the social democratic Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) with 90 seats. No party won an overall majority of the 350 seats in the parliament and both the PP and PSOE have tried to put together coalition governments, but have failed. This is why new elections have now been called. Podemos was open to a governmental coalition with the PSOE on the basis of an anti-austerity programme , but the PSOE refused and tried to form a pro-austerity coalition with the smaller conservative Ciudadanos (Citizens) party but failed to secure sufficient support from other parties.
The Podemos-IU electoral coalition is currently running at around 25% in the opinion polls, compared to the PP on around 30% and the PSOE on 20% and Podemos seems likely to become the second largest block in the parliament. There are also a number of smaller left inclined or nationalist parties that might support a Podemos-led government, so the stakes are very high.
Anticapitalistas was a founding part of Podemos and its members occupy leading positions including as MEPs and the leadership of the Podemos parliamentary group in the Andalucian ‘regional’ parliament. They have often taken positions which are somewhat different from that of the majority leadership of Podemos for example on the attempts of the PSOE Ciudadanos lash up or on questions about the functioning of the organisation and on the national question.
Anticapitalistas are also the host of the forthcoming Fourth International Youth Summer Camp in Catalonia in July and Socialist Resistance will be taking a delegation from Britain for seven days of political discussion and activity with Anticapitalistas and other Fourth Internationalists. (Please contact email@example.com for more information about this camp.)
The statement from Anticapitalistas is below and is reprinted from International Viewpoint.
The elections and the Podemos-IU agreement
Statement by Anticapitalistas
“The agreement between Podemos and Izquierda Unida (IU – United Left) to form an electoral coalition is very good news for everyone committed to defeating the regime at the ballot box and changing policies in favour of the working social majority.
Anticapitalistas believes that this opens a historic opportunity to disrupt the normal course of events. The normality of the PP and the PSOE consists of corruption, unemployment, precariousness, cuts and a democracy of low quality. That is why we believe that in these elections it is not only parties but two alternative models of society which confront each other: on the one hand that we have always had, which is at the service of the elites and, facing that, what we propose from the bloc of change that, through its diversity and plurality, is committed to building an alternative to the service of the people at the bottom.
It is time to mobilize in all possible areas. To activate a broad unitary campaign, to include the social and trade union movements, which goes beyond the social base of Podemos and IU, capable of going beyond the traditional electoral spaces. There is a need to include all those people who, without being a militant of Podemos or IU, are ready to make their contribution so that things change.
Winning the elections does not mean winning power, much less changing the world, our world. A possible electoral victory is only the first step to implementing a program of ambitious reforms, that puts the economy at the service of the people, placing our rights before the payment of the debt, repealing the employment reforms, that nationalizes the banks and electric companies under the control of the citizens, prohibits forced evictions and free dismissal, ends sexist violence, brakes once and for all the ecological disaster and puts public investment at the service of the creation of employment, education and health.
Winning these elections means, therefore, the opportunity to begin to conquer a new course. That is why the economic and political powers that be will not rest easy. The campaign of slander and threats will be serious and we must prepare to resist their blackmail, generating popular power to advance in the electoral and also in the social field.
To sum up, we call for a “yes” vote in favour of the agreement in the internal consultation within Podemos, a project of which we are a part and which we have been building since its inception. It is time to multiply to win. Yes we can!”
May 10, 2016
 Socialist Resistance and Anticapitalistas are the sections in Britain and the Spanish State of the Fourth International – an international organisation of revolutionary socialists: see internationalviewpoint.org.