Posts tagged ‘Puerta del Sol’

El público

Y escribo en mi libro: «El público oye misa, el público coquetea (permítaseme la expresión mientras no tengamos otra mejor), el público hace visitas, la mayor parte inútiles, recorriendo casas, adonde va sin objeto, de donde sale sin motivo, donde por lo regular ni es esperado antes de ir, ni es echado de menos después de salir; y el público en consecuencia (sea dicho con perdón suyo) pierde el tiempo, y se ocupa en futesas»: idea que confirmo al pasar por la Puerta del Sol.

Mariano de Larra: ¿Quién es el público y dónde se le encuentra?, 1.832

Preciados desde la Puerta del Sol, 2.008 Calle Preciados desde la Puerta del Sol, 2.008

diciembre 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm Deja un comentario

#indignados: fall and rise and fall of a movement

The third week of protests in Sol starts under several points of criticisim. Shop owners argue that sales around the area are down by 80% due to the camp. Media is not paying as much attention as they used to on the first two weeks, and when they do they tend to focus on negative issues, such as the slowness of the assambleary decision taking process and the disagreement between supporters. Indeed, original supporters claim that Sol is going the wrong way, wasting too much effort on demands that are way beyond the original movement: feminisms, animal rights defenders, pro-Palestinian and Saharawi groups, gay and lesbian, 9/11 truth groups, etc. Furthermore, activities such as batukadas (massive brazilian-style bongo drumming), Tibetan bowl ceremonies, homeopaty and spirituality sessions, among others, are held regularly, all of which are fine, but don’t stick to the original spirit and make the camp look closer to a squat that to a wide popular movement. Disenchanted supporters claim for an end to the camp and such activities, and a return to the original demands and more blunt actions.

Nevertheless, since last week the camp is trying to spread to each district of Madrid, where weekly popular assambleary meetings are to be held. Although the success of the first one (last Saturday 28th May), Sol wants to make sure the gears are working fine before leaving the camp. Last Friday’s police’s brutal crush with protesters in Barcelona also gave new energies and a reason to stay (as a response, 25,000 people met on Barcelona that evening). And finally, a consensus on four key points to demand, and how to demand it, is being tried to agree.

Furthermore, protests are spreading timidly across Europe. On 30th May police cleared protesters in Paris’ Bastille. Greece is seeing massive demos everyday. As analysts say, “these revolutions are going to spread through the summer in Europe, and by the winter it’s going to go global”. Does Sol need to resist as an example?

mayo 31, 2011 at 3:42 pm 1 comentario

#indignados: the fight continues

Local and regional elections were held yesterday in Spain. Right-wing People’s Party swiped out the socialists everywhere. One of the claims of the protests, not to vote any of the two major parties, was clearly not assembled.

Two clear conclusions can be agreed:

  • Although it’s open to everyone, 15M is a purely left-wing movement. Conservatives have not joined in. Indeed, many right-wing media have criticised and manipulated information regarding the camps and the movement.
  • From now on, political fight is not going to be held inside parliaments and councils. They will now need to face directly the people, organised through social media and internet.

After a slight feeling of defeat, the conscience that our fight was now more important than ever overtook us. Camps, that were to be held originally only until yesterday, decided to remain until a consensus on demands was reached and a solid organisation was running, with the idea to spread the protests to every district in Spain and every city in Europe.

Europe needs to awake. We cannot be dominated anymore by the markets. We have made a stand, and now it’s on us to go beyond the pure dissatisfaction.

People of Europe, rise up!

mayo 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm Deja un comentario

Critican hoy lo que defenderán mañana

Éstos que ahora claman contra el 15M por ser “antidemocrático” son los mismos que impidieron que la democracia llegara a España hasta 1931, los que la caparon en 1936 y los que volvieron a atrasarla hasta 1975.

Ahora intentamos dar un paso adelante, y lo vuelven a coartar. Cuando dentro de 50 ó 200 años este paso haya cuajado ellos lo enviciarán, lo desvirtuarán y lo usarán de bastión frente a un nuevo movimiento regenerador.

mayo 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm Deja un comentario

The Spanish Revolution 2.0 is here

After last Sunday’s (15th May) demonstrations in more than 50 cities across Spain, people have started to take spontaneously the main squares of many cities on what is known as the “15M movement”. The biggest concentration is in Puerta del Sol (Madrid’s Trafalgar Square) were police crashed with protesters at 5:00am last Monday… Only to make it grow bigger! Tuesday saw 3000+ of us (as estimated by the police, real figure probably higher) concentrating there, and yesterday we were even more. And that’s only in Madrid, concentrations elsewhere are growing by the hour.

The organisation is amazing. Now Sol has its own kitchen, water supply, press room, sickbay, nursery, art workshop, rubbish collection, space for debate, etc. People bring and share all sorts of supplies (food, medicines, materials to build stuff… ) with the volunteer-based organisation. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are given away at certain hours. Due to the high concentration of people, “roads” have been created with tape; outside them, resting areas are covered with cardboards. Alcohol is prohibited past a certain hour, as it’d be an excuse for the police to take on us… although I wonder how they can crush such a crowd!

And this is only the beginning.

[Click on image for more pictures]

mayo 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm 1 comentario

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