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Day After

In Madrid, Spain on 26 September 2012 at 14:17
September 26, 1530 hrs.

Dear people,

From the moment the first bullets were fired, I have been tempted to make an analysis of the situation. But it’s far too early. We will have to wait for tonight. Right now, social media are ablaze with the call to keep on the pressure. We will be at Neptuno at 1900 hrs.

Today’s Spanish newspapers were predictable. They opened with photos of protesters hitting police officers. They copied the police estimate of 6000 demonstrators and did not add their own estimates. 50.000 like I said yesterday was pretty low. Based on the calculation of three people per square meter in the centre of the crowd, and two on the periphery, more reliable estimates vary from 100 to 150.000 people. If a total crowd of 6000 people was able to give 1400 police officers such a hard time, then hell the police should be ashamed of themselves!

So, minimalisation and criminalisation is the main stream media’s device. But it doesn’t always work. It could backfire, like it did when police infiltrators made a mess at the end of the May 15 demonstration of last year. Within days, all major squares of the country were occupied.

The infiltration story seems ever more likely. You can find photos and films all over the internet to back it up. Even the cover photo of El Mundo was ambiguous. The man who attempted to hit a police officer with a stick was wearing a freaking earphone. The editors didn’t even bother to photoshop it out.

To get a clearer picture of the Spanish situation, you should read the reasonable main stream press from overseas. The Guardian published an interesting article the other day about the possibility of a ‘financial coup’ in Spain. The country is said to be bankrupt, and the financial markets will be keen to place one of their own puppets in charge like they did in Italy and Greece.

What makes things interesting is that Spain, as a country, is now under threat from three different sides. Next to the financial markets, you have your regional separatists and the 15M movement. Truly, these are hard times for Spanish nationalists.

The governments knows that. Nationalists form the backbone of the governing Popular Party. Giving in to any of these three threats will cause resistance among them. Moreover, prime minister Rajoy is weak and indecisive. He got voted not because people like him, but only because they disliked his predecessor. He is not the man you want at the helm of your country in a time of crisis.

The 15M movement alone is not enough to topple this government. But with financial and separatist forces already putting pressure on Spain, it could be enough to tip the balance.

If people return to Congress tonight, with determination, to face possible repression, the government will have a serious problem.

Social change has to start somewhere. It might as well be here and now. So, people, if you don’t have anything better to do, come to Spain! Help bring down this government. Take the future into your own hands. From here, things will spread.

We are the people. We are stronger. Morally, and physically if necessary.

  1. Occupy Wall Street is rooting for you.
    Your efforts are not going unnoticed.
    you have always been such an inspiration to us!
    i hope the demonstrations maintain nonviolent resistance even in the face of violent oppression.

    Solidarity and love to you from NYC!

    all over the world, people are watching.

  2. The UK media are not reporting a single thing about what’s going on, I can only assume it’s an action based on fear of any similar uprising happening here

  3. In the dutch part of Belgium they show the riots and they talk about “an estimated 6000 people”…

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