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Democracia real, ya!


You might have heard or read about what the medias call ‘the Spanish Revolution’, tens of thousands of mostly young people occupying, Egypt style, the main squares of over 60 Spanish towns and the front steps of many Spanish Embassies abroad, under the slogan ‘real democracy now’.
Young people with no future, as the unemployment rate hit a record 21.3%. 4.900.000 unemployed people, in a total population of 47 millions… 11% of the total population, including kids and retired people. 43% unemployment in the young population.
So, well, who got us there??? They think it is the politicians.
In Catalunya, they’re called Indignats, the outraged ones. They occupy since May 15th our main square here in Barcelona, the Plaza de Catalunya. And sleep there, Tahir square style, ‘Yes we camp’ is another of the slogans used.

 What makes the whole story complicated is that we have municipal elections here on Sunday, and the law says that they will have to vacate the squares at midnight tonight (Friday), as the Saturday is a reflection day, non-political. They are recognized as a political force, as they say not to vote for any party…. So we will see what happens.
I don’t want to enter in a political debate, but guys, I am with you! This mess has got to change!
Above, some outraged firemen, bombers in Catalan. They would like the replace the socialist mayor, Mr Jordi Hereu, by Pep Guardiola, captain of the Barca, the Barcelona Football Club.

On more or less the same subject, a new political party is emerging in Barcelona right now, the Partido P.A.T.O (pato meaning duck in Spanish). P.A.T.O. stands for Partido Abre Tus Ojos, the open your eyes party. In their program, amongst many things, they propose lie detectors and intelligence tests for all politicians, the right to vote in US elections as ‘it is really them who lead us’, that politicians be fined for misleading publicity if they don’t hold their promises, and so on.  Oh yeah, they should be dressed as clowns to be easily identified. Common sense, really.

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6 responses

  1. How impressive ! May time and life treat you all kind. Peacefulness ahead for you all.

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    May 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm

  2. We saw some of this on the U.S. news. Economic unrest is a powder keg. Hope everyone keeps their cool and you have only peaceful demonstrations.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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    May 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

  3. Worldwide unemployment among the youth is fuel that is ready to ingite. It is pretty frightening.

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    May 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  4. Looks and sounds like the 60's over here AGAIN.

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    May 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  5. Looks like trouble in River City with a capital T!
    bon weekend quand meme

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    May 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm

  6. Wow, Spain has some exciting stuff going on. Why didn't we hear about it here in my country?
    Good luck. May good change come about.

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    May 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm