Saturday, May 21, 2011

Esto es Lo Que la Democracia Parece

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
-V for Vendetta

In cultures where the media is less corporate-controlled and where people actually talk to each other rather than passively accept what they see on TV, the citizens are not simply dropping their pants and bending over for the bankers. ¡Viva la revoluciĆ³n!

Thousands of people have taken part in protests across Spain's main cities, defying a government ban on political protest ahead of local elections.

In Madrid, some 25,000 protesters occupied a main square. Others gathered in Barcelona, Valencia and Seville.

The protesters are angry with the government's economic policies and the country's high youth unemployment rate.

Spain's electoral commission had ordered those camped out in Madrid to leave ahead of Sunday's elections.

But, as the ban came into effect at midnight, the crowds started cheering and police did not move in.

The protest began six days ago in Madrid's Puerta del Sol as a spontaneous sit-in by young Spaniards frustrated at 45% youth unemployment.

The crowd camping out in the square overnight grew and the protest has spread to other cities across the country.

According to Spanish news agency, Efe, a total of some 60,000 protesters has gathered across Spain, in Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Bilbao as well as the capital.

The protesters, dubbed "los indignados" [the indignant], are demanding jobs, better living standards, a fairer system of democracy and changes to the Socialist government's austerity plans.

"They want to leave us without public health, without public education, half of our youth is unemployed, they have risen the age of our retirement as well," said protester Natividad Garcia.

"This is an absolute attack on what little state welfare we had."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13481592

See also:
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2011/05/first-egypt-now-spain.html

And how can these supposedly "democratic" governments ban protesters from expression? In every country on earth, it seems, popular democracy has given way to economic tyranny.

Incidentally, Spain is home to the Mondragon Corporation. I learned about this business a while ago. It's interesting to me how this successful, employee-owned and run company is so poorly known. Simply put, there are other models for running a business besides absentee-ownership and executive dictatorships. As Charles Hugh Smith put it recently:

Corporations and government, being quasi-military/top-down/dictatorial in organization, breed mini-dictatorships, fiefdoms and self-glorification as a result of their intrinsic nature. Stripped of public relations happy-talk, Corporate America has a fascist core. This is the ugly truth.

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