This Saturday and this Sunday are going to be very important days in the history of the Spanish state because I am afraid that Spain maybe the focus of world attention because demonstrations have been banned for Saturday and Sunday.
We have elections on Sunday and on Saturday we have a day to reflect. The day before an election the political parties stop asking for votes and it is a day for people to reflect about the election.
As Puerta dle Sol in Madrid is full of people ans so is Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona I am afraid that this Friday evening we are going to have a very very big problem in Spain.
According to law thses people should leave the squares or this seems to be what we just know now. On the other hand the protesters have already said that they won’t leave the squares.
So what’s next?
When you are in a dictatorship and the dictatorship tells you not to protest you always can defy the ban because you do not agree with the dictatorship.
But in a democracy what are you defying when you want to remain in a square that is banned?
This is very serious because if you let protesters carry on then other people may do the same in the future. On the other hand the use of police canbe very dangerous and bring more trouble.
In someway, this weekend Spain is going to have a test. A very difficult test?
I am very worried of what may happen and I add this worry to the worry that I have for month about the cuts and cuts that are coming. In some way, it is months since I fear that something wrong may happen in Spain.
A country with almost 50% jobless youth cannot stay calm forever.
I think tha tthe problem we are having now in Spain is also a probem of generations. We are govern by old generations and the big problem is with the youth.
Some months ago when I watch the demonstrations in Tahrir Square in Egypt I thought: Well, at least the Egyptian can through its anger to a dictatorship. But here, in the West, if we are unhappy, what can we do?
The answer of the youth people has been to go to the squares and protest. But the current democracy seems that is more worried to protect the traditional parties geting its votes than the voice of the youth.
We are always hearing that there is a lot of abstention, that young people only think to have fun. Then, once in a generation, they protest and then what is the answer: SHUT UP!
I understand perfectly well that some young are tired of current politicians. Politics currently here is so awful. I do not trust any of the politicians not even the ones who share somve of my political views.
In some way, the democracy we have in spain is still analogue and we need a digital democracy.
I think that in the next months the situation in Spain will worsen because the dreams are broken here.
One day, I do not know when, some of the youth that we are now saying in Plaça Catalunya or Puerta del Sol will rule Spain or Catalonia.
The people who protest now, or some of them, were born after 1986, so they have always been part of the European Union. On the other hand current politicians seemed to come from almost the Franco times. it is necessary that the young people get represented!
So my answer to SHOULD WE PROTEST ANYHOW is that each person must think very well what to do because what we do this weekend is going to have a long reprecussion in this part of Europa. At the very least.
- “Spain Unemployment Protests Staged Ahead Of Sunday Elections” and related posts (huffingtonpost.com)
- Photos And Videos From The Protests Raging In Spain (businessinsider.com)
- Thousands defy ban to demonstrate in Spain (ctv.ca)
- Thousands defy ban to demonstrate in Spain (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Thousands protest unemployment in Spain (cnn.com)
- Protests in Spain (politics.ie)
- Thousands defy ban to demonstrate in Spain (foxnews.com)
- Spaniards defy ban to demonstrate in Madrid (theglobeandmail.com)