“This shit is not democracy!”
This is what crowds in Madrid were shouting earlier this week.
“NO ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH REVOLUTION.” Proclaimed one placard. Utterly wonderful!
According to the AP news wire this morning, despite having been cleared out by police and a ban imposed on protests in the run up to the elections thousands are back in Puerta del Sol square
Thousands of Spaniards have defied a ban on demonstrations and have mounted a protest camp in the heart of the Spanish capital to express anger at political parties and the country’s handling of the economic crisis.
Does this sound familiar at all? Tahrir, Puerta del Sol, where else could we find in Europe to send a clear message? The Spanish protesters are confronting the corruption of a broken and oppressive democracy. One in which you can chose between two parties whose only real differences withered away long ago and now survive only in empty phrases. Left, Right they are pantomime politicians.
This was posted from Spain, on Reddit, an hour or so ago,
“The issue is rapidly becoming popular here, on monday nobody knew there even was something going on in Madrid, yesterday there were a shitload of people in madrid and hundreds on every major small town
This morning the whole thing is the largest thing on the frontpages of all major spanish newspapers
Oh, to clarify, this protest is not just about the money or the handling of the crisis anymore.
We did a lovely and organized protest the 15th about that and our two party system that had almost no repercusion, and some people that day stood in Sol and slept there. they were forcefully removed at 5AM and then shit went down and everyone started coordinating protests around spain so it’s kind of chaotic right now. We are now mostly protesting about the two party system which is starting to become as much of a problem as in the US.”
Is it any different in Greece or Portugal, Ireland the UK or America? Whose lies do you prefer Tory or Labour, Republican or Democrat? Does Obama do the bankers bidding with a more winning smile? Is his brand of lying insincerity more sincere than his predecessor’s? How about Mr Enda Kenny in Ireland, does his petrified toadying to the Banks, ECB and IMF slide home more comfortably for you than that of the odious charlatan he replaced?
Left and Right is irrelevant. What matters is if any of them are willing to uphold the rule of law, stand up for their people and their nation and allow real democracy. If they won’t, if there is no way of having a real debate and be offered the chance to say “No, I will not bail out your banks” then the Spanish are right – this shit is NOT democracy. In which case we owe such a charade no allegiance at all.
Democracy is Europe is being betrayed by Left and Right alike. We are at a moment of true crisis. While across North Africa people are fighting to gain Democracy, we in Europe must be willing to fight to preserve it. The institutions and political system of Europe have grown fat and stupid and care for nothing now save their own comfort, wealth and privilege. The social and political contract across Europe has been broken and nullified and therefore we, the peoples of this wonderful varied and vibrant place, the people who make it so, have the right and duty to take to the streets and the squares to defend all that is good here and to burn down and cast out what is attacking it.