In Madrid, Spain, Basque unions are calling for a general strike on Wednesday, September 26, to protest the Popular Party’s austerity program. The program includes a rise in the main rate of Value Added Tax on goods and services to 21% and cuts in unemployment benefits, among other reforms.
In response to the strike plans, San Sebastian International Film Festival organizers have released a statement saying that they will not be screening films at any of their cinemas except for at the Kursaal Auditorium and the K2, and that all festival activities and services not housed in the Kursaal Centre will be suspended. The festival said that it will “respect the decision of its workers as to whether or not they decide to take part in the strike.”
The festival runs Sept. 21-29.