I have officially joined ‘Communications’ to be able to contribute to the dissemination of news about the unprecedented events going on here in Spain. Just now I have been talking to a journalist from Poland who had come to Madrid specifically to report on Acampada Sol.
This morning, the police have evacuated Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona by force. One hundred people were injured. The protesters have reoccupied the square immediately. I’ve been translating the press release about it into English. It has now been sent out into the world. See attachment.
I’ll keep you informed.
Today 27 May at 7 AM riot police have proceeded to evacuate the peaceful gathering of citizens demanding a society in which human values prevail over economical and political interests. The evacuations took place in the Catalan cities of Barcelona, Lleida and Badalona.
The evacuation of Plaça de Catalunya in Barcelona was perpetrated with unprovoked brutality by police forces. From the Acampada Sol gathering in Madrid we firmly codemn the way with which police units have acted. They have disgracefully violated the citizens’ freedoms of expression, demonstration and peaceful gathering which are fundamental human rights guaranteed by the Constitution. We call on all the other occupied squares in Spain to join us in this condemnation.
The people camped in Barcelona’s Plaça de Catalunya have responded to the brutal actions of riot police through peaceful resistance. At least 99 citizens are reported to have been wounded in the unprovoked attack.
After the evacuation of the camp, police forces have taken away computers with which citizens’ opinions have been collected, furniture, and food that has been voluntarily donated by the citizens of Barcelona. Immediately after police forces had lifted the cordon around the square the Plaza de Catalunya has once again been occupied by thousands of protesters who had remained in the surroundings. We can confirm that at 3 PM today over 3000 people had begun rebuilding the camp.
From the Barcelona encampment three major gatherings have been called for today:
- At 5 PM: Gathering at the statue of Columbus.
- At 7 PM: Massive gathering in the Plaça de Catalunya
- At 9 PM: Pan bashing in Plaça de Catalunya
We confirm that also in Lleida there have been confrontations following the evacuation of the encampment in Plaza Ricard Vinyes at 7 AM this morning. As a result of this two people have been arrested. Both have been released shortly after. A new gathering has been called for in the same square at 7 PM this evening. The Plaça de la Vila in Badalona has also been evacuated.
Confronted with these evacuations, the Acampada Sol has called for a manifestation of soldarity to be held in the Puerta del Sol square this evening at 7 PM.