Teresa Rodríguez founds new party “Anticapitalistas Andalucía” after withdrawl from Podemos

After the anti-capitalist wing has said goodbye to Podemos, the Andalusian Teresa Rodríguez has returned with a new party: Anticapitalistas Andalucía. According to its self-definition, it is a “socio-political movement that seeks radical changes in contemporary society.” Specifically, it calls itself “a class-based, feminist, eco-socialist and internationalist movement”. Since Monday, Anticapitalistas Andalucía is a registered party.

Teresa Rodríguez, Anticapitalistas Andalucía
For Teresa Rodríguez, Anticapitalistas Andalucía means the final break from Podemos.
Parlamento de Andalucía (CC BY-SA 2.0)

But it is far from being something new: in 2008 the Izquierda Anticapitalista was founded, taking over the legacy of the Liga Comunista Revolucionaria (LCR), which existed from 1971 to 1991. In 2014, the anti-capitalist left was finally absorbed into the socio-political movement and party Podemos as an association. The break came in May this year, with the general secretary of Podemos in Andalusia, Teresa Rodríguez, announcing her intention to leave the party as early as February. The reason for the resignation was “political differences”. The anti-capitalist wing, which is particularly rooted in Andalusia, was considered the last critical authority with regard to Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias.

With Anticapitalistas Andalucía there is now a second party founded by Podemos defectors: Last year, Íñigo Errejón announced that he was leaving the party to run in the local elections in Madrid with his own list (Más Madrid) This eventually became Más País, for whom Errejón currently sits in the Spanish Congress.

It is also the third party founded by Teresa Rodríguez in recent years. With Adelante Andalucía, she is currently leading an electoral alliance of various left-wing parties in the Andalusian parliament. As eldiario.es reports, the current party is mainly concerned with legal matters and organisation. As a registered party, detached from the Podemos structure, the anticapitalistas can act independently and autonomously and thus also follow their own course. However, the electoral alliance Adelante Andalucía is to be continued, according to the number 2 of the new party, Pablo Pérez Ganfornina. A reaction of the alliance partners is yet to be expected.