Barcelona protesters vow to remain

2nd June 2011, Comments 1 comment

Protesters decrying Spain's economic crisis vowed to remain encamped in a central Barceona square, where dozens were injured last week when police moved in to disperse them.

More than 1,000 protesters took the decision in a vote late on Wednesday in the Plaza Catalunya.

"The assembly decided not to leave the Plaza Catalunya until there is a consensus on how to do it," the protesters said in a Twitter message.

They also pledged to find other ways to ensure that the spirit of the nationwide movement continues.

Spain's protests over the economic crisis began May 15 and fanned out to city squares nationwide as word spread by Twitter and Facebook among demonstrators known variously as "the indignant", "M-15" and "Spanish Revolution".

Anti-riot police fired rubber bullets and swung truncheons on May 27 to disperse protesters in the Plaza Catalunya ahead of celebrations of Barcelona's Champions League victory.

A total of 87 people including one police officer were treated, mostly for light injuries.

By that same evening, however, at least 5,000 people were back in the square and some had put tents back up.

In Madrid, protesters have stretched a huge encampment covered by blue plastic sheets across the central square of Puerta del Sol.

They began making some structural changes to the interior of their sprawling camp Wednesday but showed no signs of reducing its size or preparing to leave the square.

The Spanish government on Wednesday warned the activists that they cannot continue.

"It cannot be that some citizens cut off the rights of others," Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told Cadena Ser radio.

"When there are shopkeepers who complain that they are being deprived of their rights or they have difficult getting by, then you have to find an understanding," he said.

Rubalcaba said police action would be proportionate to avoid making things worse. "For the moment we will see how things develop and continue acting in a proportionate and, I think, intelligent manner."

© 2011 AFP

1 Comment To This Article

  • Alex posted:

    on 3rd June 2011, 12:43:05 - Reply

    The thing is nobody has any right to a job. You get a job or you don't, nobody else is responsible for you having a job. However neither are you responsible for someone else having a job or company or their profits.

    The government chose to posses everything, with their laws and regulation and their claim to the land. So in fact we all don't posses a thing. The only one liable for that what's happening is the state. The bankers do what they do because they are part of the system the state support. All that happened and is still happening is because the state allows it to happen.

    That what the state deems shouldn't happen, they will fight with all their might to avoid it. If you don't bend your knee, the state will first ignore you, then ridicule you, then demonize you, then they will try to lock you up, at last the state will try to kill you.

    The EU and Western states are ignoring the Spanish protesters. It seems now the Spanish state is starting with the ridicule/demonization of the protesters. If it goes on it will get worse. It becoming worse shows the protest is working and those that rule are getting afraid. They are afraid for their claims to be challenged.

    To the Spanish people: If you want change, don't seek it in democracy, because democracy feeds the state and current system. What you should wish for is freedom, real freedom, your own sovereignty, stop being dependent of rulers/states and such. You want to be safe, make the governments crumble and claim what is your birth right, your natural freedom.