Spain protests, for real democracy

(eagainst) PAIN 15/5/2011 – Thousands responded to the call of Democracy Real, for a mass protest on the 15th of May.

“No home, no gigs, no fear” was the general feeling of tens of thousands who took to the streets, denouncing political parties and bankers, the rescue of financial institutions, cuts in social welfare and job insecurity.

“Real Democracy now”, “There is no democracy when the markets rule”, “Violence is a 600 euros per month salary” or “the crisis is a lie” were some of the main slogans on posters and banners. There were references as well to the Arab Revolutions and Iceland, the latter having twice refused to pay for the banker’s bankruptcy via a referendum.

In Madrid, about 20,000 protesters, of all ages, walked from Plaza de Cibeles to the Puerta del Sol, denouncing violation of democratic rights by “the economic and political elites.” “We have set aside individual interests in order to focus on what unites us, an indignation towards the abuses of our government, politicians, financial institutions and large corporations,” organizers said. Political analyst Carlos Taibo also denounced the legislation “lax” against tax havens.

After the demonstration, a group of people gathered spontaneously in the Puerta del Sol in a peaceful way to express their desire for change, intending to stay camped out until the 22nd of May. More than 100 people, unemployed, trainees, workers and students demanded respect for their rights and exposed the insufficiency of the current monetary system.

In Barcelona 15,000 people denounced the political, economic and social corruption of politicians, businessmen and bankers. Similar demonstrations also took place in other Catalan cities such as Tarragona, Figueres and Lleida.

Similar calls were made as well in fifty more cities. In Valencia more than 5,000 people marched, a similar number in Sevilla and Murcia. Mass demonstrations also took place in de Vigo, A Coruña, Oviedo, Jaen, Cordoba, Malaga and Vitoria.

(Sources: Manel Sanchez)

Real Democracy, The manifesto:

        We are ordinary people. We are like you: people, who wake up every morning to study, work or find a job, people who have families and friends. People, who work hard every day to build up a better future…

Some of us consider ourselves progressive, others conservative. Some of us are believers, some not. Some of us have clearly defined ideologies, others are apolitical, but we are all angry about this political, economic, and social decadency we see around us: corruption among politicians, businessmen, bankers… leaving us helpless, and voiceless.

This situation has become a daily suffering, leaving us hopeless. It’s time to change things, time to build a better society together. Therefore, we strongly argue that:

◦The priorities of an advanced society must be equality, progress, solidarity, freedom of culture, sustainability and development, welfare and people’s happiness.
◦These are the values we should abide by in our society: the right to housing, employment, culture, health, education, political participation, free personal development, and consumer’s rights, for a healthy and happy life.
◦Our government and the current economic system does not take care of these rights, and in many ways it works as an obstacle to human progress.
Democracy (demos = people, krátos = power) means that political power is divided and shared equally for all of us. However, in Spain, most of the politicians do not listen us. They supposed to represent our voices to our institutions by facilitating our political participation in a way that directly benefits the entire society, instead of getting rich at our expenses, supporting only the dictatorship of the major economic elites and maintain them in power through the monopoly of PP and PSOE.
Lust for power signifies inequality and injustice and leads to blind violence, something that we reject. The insufficiency of our unnatural monetary system enriches the few but dooms into poverty the vast majority of us. Until the final collapse.
◦The purpose of the current economic system is the accumulation of wealth for the few and not the efficiency and welfare of our society…
◦Citizens are the tools of a machine, designed to enrich a minority which does not consider our needs…
◦If we wake up and loose confidence to this disastrous economy, which never benefits the majority of us, we can eliminate this abuse we are all suffering.
◦(…) We are people, not products…

For all of the above, I am outraged.
I think I can change things.
I think I can help.
I know that together we can.
I think I can help.
I know that together we can.

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