29.05.2011 § Leave a comment
A Spanish mother has taken revenge on the man who raped her 13-year-old daughter at knifepoint by dousing him in petrol and setting him alight. He died of his injuries in hospital on Friday.
Antonio Cosme Velasco Soriano, 69, had been sent to jail for nine years in 1998, but was let out on a three-day pass and returned to his home town of Benejúzar, 30 miles south of Alicante, on the Costa Blanca.
While there, he passed his victim’s mother in the street and allegedly taunted her about the attack. He is said to have called out “How’s your daughter?”, before heading into a crowded bar.
Shortly after, the woman walked into the bar, poured a bottle of petrol over Soriano and lit a match. She watched as the flames engulfed him, before walking out.
The woman fled to Alicante, where she was arrested the same evening. When she appeared in court the next day in the town of Orihuela, she was cheered and clapped by a crowd, who shouted “Bravo!” and “Well done!”
28.05.2011 § Leave a comment
This conversation is one of the thousands that occur every day in the Plaza, except for the details of what can be shared in Public.
Trans. Maxine Holz.
Interview between Stepahine Grueso and Amador Fernande-Savatar.
S. I’m not big on demonstrations, but the 15-M seemed necessary. Like so many others, I am fed up with a half-rotten social, economic and political system that has no consideration for people or for the world. Despite this, the feeling at the demo was not sorrowful or hostile. To the contrary: it was like a party, with a lot of joy circulating.
Am. The call for the demo anticipated the spirit of the [Plaza del ] Sol: it was radical, but open and inclusive. So much energy was liberated that some people just couldn’t go back home and they decided to occupy the plaza that very night. This gesture was very surprising and very moving to me. It might never have resulted from the discussions or political calculations of a more organized assembly, and can only be the product of the improvisation of a group of people who decide to do what they want to do and act against all predictions.
S. The occupation (acampada) grew a lot after the eviction, which we all felt was intolerable. Now it’s impressive. Today there is a child care center, solar panels, a library, a clinic, cleaning teams that leave everything impeccable, plenty of food. It’s like a small city. There is an enormous collective effort to care for the space to create a small habitable world where we all fit, even for just a few days. It’s the same as what we saw months ago in Tahrir Square.
Am. We have gone from taking the street to creating the plaza. The democracy we want looks a lot like the organization of these plazas: egalitarian, active, cooperative, up to the people. It’s completely the opposite of the politics of the politicians. That is why they don’t represent us. This movement radically questions that consensual culture, the deproblematizing, depoliticizing culture called The Transition Culture. The two most popular slogans you hear are “they don’t represent us” and “they call it democracy but it isn’t”.
S. We are enjoying the beauty and we are also learning, educating ourselves. During these days I have met many very young people. I have been overwhelmed by their warmth, their intelligence, their organizational abilities, their commitment, their love for the commons . (amor por lo comun). This is totally opposite to the stereotype of an egoistic and brainless youth we hear about. The plaza is creating good citizens, that is, problematic citizens.
Am. These labels are a technique of the government: the separate the protestor from the rest of the population, as though they had nothing in commmon. But in the plazas, a huge collective intelligence has destroyed all these divisive stereotypes. As they say in one of the thousands of awesome posters that are everywhere: “ we are not anti-system, the system is anti-us’
S. The people are now the most powerful means of communication. We are connected individuals producing our own choral story of what is going on and the conventional media have fallen behind. I bought a cell phone for personal communications, leisure and the internet, but now I see it more as a weapon of self-defense.
Am. I ask myself where this self-organizing knowledge that has spread in the plaza comes from, and I find a possible source in the net culture. In the free culture scene there is a deep-seated idea of community as a group that creates collectively, where there is cooperation amongst equals, the possibility of touching and modifying what another person does. We aren’t just protesting against something, we are now a rare species of community.
S. Election day hasn’t meant much for us. Sure, many of us have voted but we’re already into something else. We understand that what we have going us much more important and ambitious than some election, and we are working on that. I think we should agree on some basic points in common, get the maximum support for them and fight for them forcefully (con fuerza). I am left with two things: changes in the voting laws and regular access to public information. From that we can begin to build the future.
A. The experience of collective power (protagonismo colectivo), speaking out and cooperating with people you don’t know ,is already an irreversible victory. So many people have been transformed: their demeanor, their dispositions and their relation with the world . [La mirada, la disposición y la relación con el mundo de muchísima gente se ha transformado- literally: the looks, the disposition and the relation with the world of many, many people have been transformed] Right now there is an impulse to take charge of life in common (la vida comun) which seems to me unstoppable. Besides, from now on, as they said in Egypt: “we know the way back to Tahrir Square. “
28.05.2011 § Leave a comment
More than 40 Spanish protesters suffered injuries in altercations with police in Barcelona Friday, as pressure mounted on demonstrators to end nearly two weeks of sit-in protests around the country.
Five of the protesters were taken to hospital, medical sources said. The injured also included one police officer.
Similar clashes were reported in Lerida, while Madrid’s governing conservatives called on Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s Socialist government to disperse hundreds of protesters in the capital’s central Puerta del Sol square…
An entrepreneurs’ association threatened to take legal action if the protesters were not forced to leave their Madrid encampment ‘immediately.
– Thx signalfire
Today then, the people fought back, and the cops backed on out of the plaza:
Recent feminist surges within struggles; “Friday of the Free Women” in Syria; “The revolution will be feminist or it will not be” in Spain
26.05.2011 § Leave a comment
For at least 9 consecutive Fridays, people in Syria have filled the streets in protest. May 13th was designated the “Friday of the Free Women”, and the march was a flood of not-men. Here women have been coming out in larger and larger numbers to demonstrations, and have also adopted a tactic of women-only marches which are met with less violent repression by the police.
article (in french) here with comrades dndf.
In Spain a feminist convergence within the current demos produced a document entitled THE REVOLUTION WILL BE FEMINIST OR IT WILL NOT BE. Although note that The Nothing suspects that “indignades” should be translated as “indignant” rather than “teased”… And that a google translate of the website offers perhaps a better translation than is given on the site. The site is a feminist locus for the Spanish uprising in Madrid, find it here: feministes indignades a placa catalunya.
Some highlights (from modified googletranslate)
We are in this place because:1. -Capitalist and patriarchal society oppresses us. We want a society in which people are the heart and not the markets. Therefore we demand: free and vital public services like education, health care and care for children and promotion of personal autonomy, against social cuts and labor reform and pensions.2. -We want everyone’s commitment to building a society where macho violence have no place in all its forms: economic, aesthetic, occupational, physical, psychological, sexual, institutional, religious, racist, as trafficking for purposes of labor and sexual exploitation …3. -We want to decide freely on our body, enjoy and relate with him and who gives us the appetite.We want abortion forfree.4. -We want a society where respect for the many diverse forms of live sex and sexuality (lesbian, gay, intersex, bisexual, transgendered, transgender, people with disabilities …) and recognize the right to sexuality at all stages of life.Despathologization demand the identities of the trans.5. -We demand that the state, church and market, stop interfering in our lives.…0. – We are anti-capitalist wars and armies, we reject the use of the body of women as a weapon of war, particularly the rape of women…0. – Denounce violence by police and control institutions such as prisons, immigrant detention centers, psychiatric centers, children, etc.. And his violence specific to women, lesbians and trans for being so.0. – Call for transnational feminist solidarity as a tool to change the world. In all places there are women, lesbians and trans indignant feminists, we endorse their claims and give our full support.NO WOMEN NO REVOLUTION!THE REVOLUTION WILL BE FEMINIST OR IT WILL NOT BE!
26.05.2011 § Leave a comment
Translation by comrade Maxine Holz of true words from 85 – year – old Agustin Garcia Calvo, speaking to the crowds at Puerta del Sol:
you are joy, the joy of the unexpected and the unpredictable. Neither the governments, nor the authorities, nor the parties expected this. Even you yourselves, a few weeks or months ago, did not foresee this …
don’t count on the State …no matter what: not any form of state organization.
… we have no use for “democracy.” I’m sorry, I see this doesn’t get as much immediate applause, but I have to insist. I understand that choosing slogans such as ‘Real Democracy Now” could be a less confrontational tactic, because it seems that that to be upfront and say “ No to any State, democratic or otherwise” could sound bad, but I think its time to let go of the deceit of democracy. Democracy is a trick… Kratos means power and Demo is supposedly the people… and the people can never have power: power is against the people. ..the contradiction is inherent in the very word, democracy… The democratic regime is simply the most advanced, the most perfect, the one that has produced the best results, that has produced this Regime of Well-Being that they say we live in; but really it is still Power, the same as always … a better democracy is an illusion…It’s not the way, and if your uprising gets organized in a way that resembles the administration of the
State, it will already be lost, it will be doing nothing more than repeating history with other colors …. I urge you to renounce ideas of a better state…
[regarding demands for a better future]
“I would [also] erase from the list of demands put forth by your leaders [demands for a better future]. The Future is your enemy. The future is what is used to deceive people, especially, the youth. They say “ you have a future” or “you have to create your future”, which really means to resign yourself to death, to a future death. This future is what Capital needs…..The future is theirs, it’s their weapon. Don’t let it seem like it’s something blessed or beneficial: their future should sound to us like death….the future is the future of Business, of Finance, of Capital. You don’t have a future! You need to have the courage to denounce this.