You may know, anyway I hope, that in Spain a protestation movement is increasing to ask for a “real democracy”. The media name it the “Spanish Revolution”, and I gone to explain why.
Since a long time, the spanners are frustrated, sick and tired by the many problems who touch the country: Over 20% unemployment rate and over 30% youth unemployment rate, incompetent politicians unable to deal with the effects of the crisis, extremely high housing prices both for rental and purchase, a mortgage system that ties mortgage holders for life to the bank if the real estate is sold for under the loan amount, and a general discontent with the status of the political landscape.
So it was time to do something. And the month of May rang out like the beginning of the protestation, the clash, to get a new change …
The movement took place first in internet started by leading figures, including top bloggers and internet entrepreneurs, to harness the distress of the Spanish people into action ahead of last municipal elections on 22 may.
The movement began to be generated, communicated and promoted by social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, making it stronger and stronger.
The most active supporters of the movement have moved from the internet to the streets to gather in camps at key locations of many Spanish cities, like the Plaza del Sol in Madrid, Plaza Catalunya in Barcelona, Plaza de la Ayutamiento in Valencia, where they discuss the changes they want to bring about and are planning to stay for the time being. Each camp is autonomous, there is no central organ coordinating the movement and many sleep in public squares in protest.
The main square of Barcelona was divided into three zones, symbolically called Tahrir, Iceland and Palestine, which hosted performances of various kinds, among other things a possible police charge was role-played.
Spanish protesters are still camping on la Plaza de Catalunya, de Barcelona, and in the other main cities, to ask for a “real democracy”, in a pacifist state of mind. They are inspired by the “Arab Uprising” and call themselves the “indignants”.