Spanish Revolution, “15-M” 2011

The so-called 15-M (15 May) movement, also known by its motto «Democracia Real Ya!» (Real Democracy Now), has swept the nation, and spreading across Spain. The Arab Spring could become the European Summer ?!maybe! 2011 will be another 1968 ?! who knows, maybe! As we said before, the Western mass media has censored the Spanish revolution , but why? One of the main reason is :”they are frightened that May 2011 can become May 1968 “. They are frightened that the Arab Spring can become the European Summer . The current economic situation in Europe is so terrible, and the Spanish young protests can merge with the British student protests, and then the Italian protesters, French protesters and Greek protesters will join them and 2011 becomes a nightmare for all corrupt western politicians. A Spanish student says: “A few of my friends and classmates have joined in on the protests and some even slept in the Plaza de Obradoiro (Santiagos town square) last night, and are planning a repeat event tonight and every night through to Sunday. Im just not the type of guy thats going to risk spending the night in jail for a group that isnt even sure what it stands for. I learned my lesson with Obama. Just calling for change isnt enough. There have to be concrete goals and a plan of action or change means nothing. Despite this lack of clarity, the movement has even spread beyond Spanish borders to Italy and France, and there are calls for a Europe-wide revolution . A Spanish activist says: “A few politicians -mostly those with little to lose- have welcomed the protests; most are skeptical and irrational, as usual. Some Spanish activies said: “The younger generations have little chance of finding a job. To this day, 45% of Spaniards between the ages of 20 and 30 do not have a job, nor are they able to get one. Democracy in Spain is far from effective in many respects. Over half of the Spanish population distrust politicians and do not feel represents by any political parties. A limit should be established in order to prevent politicians from holding the same post for a maximum two or three terms . “

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“A week ago, such an event was almost unthinkable”, some Spanish activists said. Spain 2011, is not General Franco’s Spain, but the economic and political situation in Spain is really terrible. Spain’s population is near 45 million, but almost 5 million people are unemployed in Spain!, making it the European country with the highest rate of unemployment in the European Union. The economic crisis, which hit Spain harder than most European nations, has only made matters worse. As a Spanish activist says: “The new movement started via Facebook and Twitter, when a group calling themselves Democracia Real Ya (roughly translated as Real Democracy Now) organized a peaceful, non-political demonstration in several Spanish cities in order to ask for a drastic change in politics, and more importantly, a severe alteration of Spains electoral laws. The demonstrations come as no surprise to anyone (although a week ago no one could have foreseen such a large turn-out) given Spains current situation due to the economic crisis and the fact that next Sunday Spain will hold local elections in every municipality in the country, and general elections in several Autonomous Communities, such as Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha, Valencia and Aragon.”

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A Spanish Activist says: “Spains Constitution came into force in 1978 and has never been amended since. Today Spain is a very different country from what it was three years after General Francos death. Surely it is high time to face reality and include those changes in the Spains Magna Carta. But it is high time that Spaniards took to the streets. Though by no means identical to the situation in Greece or the Arab countries, Spain has its own reasons to at least demand a new change in government and Constitution: “Economics.” Another Spanish Activist says: “Many years ago our parents and grandparents went out in the street fighting for the rights we enjoy now. They suffered a dictatorship and fought against. They were young and felt they had the obligation to take the streets and claim their liberty. Now, Spain has got to an intolerable situation. Budget cuts in public health and education, 45% of unemployment in young people; people finish their degrees and they cant find a job; not even serving coffee;which means we cant leave our parents houses. A too high rate of unemployment. We dont have unemployment benefit any more. People of my generation (20′s, 30′s) will retire, but I dont even know if well be able to retire when we are 70 or 75.”

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Witnesses estimated that at least 20,000 people were on Madrid’s main square, despite a law prohibiting political events on the eve of elections which came into effect at midnight and has been upheld by the supreme and constitutional courts . Analysts said that police action against the peaceful demonstrations would be disastrous for the Socialists. The protests have resonated through Spaniards of all ages, including those who remember unrest which swept much of Europe more than 40 years ago (1968). “I saw the protests in May ’68, and this is a similar movement, of the youth that had to come out on the streets,” said a Spanish elderly.

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