Spaniards Occupy Congress: #25A Madrid
As country’s unemployment reaches record highs, demonstrators call for a government in which “the majority decides”
As Spanish unemployment reached record highs Thursday, thousands of Spaniards will march on Congress to denounce the government’s crippling austerity policies and to call for a new government in which “the majority decides.”
Thursday’s demonstration is the latest in a string of demonstrations fueled by mounting anger towards the politics which have prolonged the country’s ongoing recession and unemployment, which the Spanish National Institute of Statistics announced Thursday reached a record high of 27.2 percent.
The action was organized by the platform “En Pie”—translating to “on your feet” —which also was behind the national mobilization against austerity last September 25…
…Their declared goal is “asedio y liberacion definitiva del Congreso de los Diputados”, which roughly translates to “a siege and final liberation of Congress,” calling ultimately for the dissolution of both houses, followed by “a constituent process in which the majority will decide on a political, economic and social model” for the country.
“Our premise is the peaceful nature of the popular movement,” they add.
Ahead of the demonstration, Madrid police announced the deployment of 1,400 officers and early reports indicate that a number of arrests have already been made…
Here’s their Game Plan and Manifesto…
Main Action: Siege and final release of the Congress of Deputies.
Secondary Actions: Actions affecting dispersion free to established power (always within the framework of human rights).
Objective: The fall of the regime (government resignation, dissolution of the Parliament and the Head of State), and the opening of a transition to a new model of political, economic and social justice and solidarity truly.
…As announced last December [https://plataformaenpie.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/convocando-a-la-rebelion/], from the Platform In Pie!, original organizers of the action ” Ranked Congress “and therefore 25S initiators of the movement, we again appeal to society to a call for popular rebellion, which will continue the movement began last 25S.
A small group of ordinary people can propose an action like this, and one person can create the event from a computer, but this proposal can only be realized if each and all we want to. When last June we expose the call “Occupy Congress,” the proposal was met with unprecedented support. We hope that the fighting spirit fade away, has grown stronger, and that this time we are still more to involve us in it. For our part, believing that this time the action can be a definitive turning point in the history of this country, and with the commitment and a firm commitment to do everything in our power to make this happen, we call people from all over the Spanish territory to move en masse to Madrid on April 25, and surround the perimeter of the Congress of Deputies conducted a major action of * constant siege, to force the resignation of the government, the dissolution of the Cortes and the Head of State, and the beginning of a transition to a new model of political, economic and social justice and solidarity truly led by the people…
MANIFESTO FOR 25A
We, ordinary people are sick of suffering the consequences of living under the dictatorship of the capitalist and patriarchal system, which takes shape in a clearly undemocratic regime, in which people are not only buying merchandise serving a minority powerful, and tired of supporting our country an economic, social political and unsustainable, which is dragging us as a society to live in a state of poverty completely unjustified and a degree of suffering and lack of freedom absolutely intolerable, we join to write this manifesto and invited everyone to join the claims we claim him.
We believe that we live under an illegitimate regime from the beginning, which is very far from being called a democracy, that the situation has gone beyond all tolerable limits, and that we are victims of a large-scale scam manifested through an unprecedented attack by the economic power that using the crisis as a pretext is ruining our lives, and whose perpetrators are those who have been configured as an untouchable oligarchy, with the complicity of the political forces represented in parliament, manipulating all the powers of the state to maintain their privileges and excessive profiteering and illegal, and that they have the obedience of the security forces that should be at the service of the people.
There is no way to hide that we live in a gigantic social fraud, with governments routinely betray us doing exactly the opposite of its election commitments, and that there is no justice in the courts for bankers, politicians and businessmen blame for the situation.Just see how this power structure implanted flawed and immoral policies which finishes with our rights and destroys our lives and how we are victims of unjustifiable repression when we demand a change in the situation.
We believe that the problem is of such magnitude and so deep rooted that your solution is not to make reforms based on the current political system mechanisms, if not a complete break with the existing system, we consider it as illegitimate from the outset.
Therefore, we demand:
– The resignation of the entire government and the dissolution of the Parliament and the Head of State, to shape an illegitimate regime and betray the whole premeditated citizenship, leading to disaster.
– The cancellation of the current Constitution (1978), because we do not recognize any of the current democratic Constitution, drafted by a cabal behind the people under the pressure of the previous regime, which enshrined the dominance of the heirs of Franco and who made a pact with them.
– Opening a transparent process and democratic transition, through which the people can determine the pattern of organization where you want to live and the bases remain to be carried into effect, so that the people can feel the result of this process as their own. In this regard, we clarify that in no case will comply with a transition controlled by a government imposed by the Troika, as we have seen recently in a neighboring country.
– The immediate activation of the following measures for the survival of the population during the transition process:
1. The immediate repeal of the laws that have been covered, with the excuse of the crisis, to impose cuts clearly unaffordable because directly affect people’s fundamental rights.Also, to remedy the situation created, we consider necessary to take emergency measures, including the immediate cessation of all evictions, and the provision of the population, social rental price, of homes owned by banks and boxes that have been helped by public funds.
Two. Cessation of payment of the public debt to perform an audit in which adjudicate what items are legitimate, and which items should be considered illegitimate because it was contracted for private benefit, and therefore should not be paid by the population.Also we require the processing of all those who show suspected of involvement in the contraction of these debt items, and to respond with their property if found guilty.
Three. The creation of new jobs, the first premise is sustainability, and whose purpose is the development of humanity and consistent management of jobs available, so that all people can work for a living, but not forced to live to work. It’s a huge fallacy that has to work increasingly fallacy supported by the greed of the big interests and contrary to the common people.
April. Nationalization and public control of strategic sectors and necessities for society: banking, energy, water, health, education, environmental management …
Basically, during the transition process should articulate appropriate measures to enable people to express their views, participate in the decision process on the new model of social organization that you want, and always ensure full transparency of the process .
A village is no less a slave for apparent freedom in choosing their oppressor, therefore the decision of the new model should be subject to principles that guarantee not only freedom of the people to choose this, but the freedom of future generations.
For these reasons, we call on the public April 25, 2013 to surround the Congress indefinitely until the fall of the regime and the institutions that sustain, making it the rallying call of all struggles for a fairer society.
Arriba ándale ándale, mi amigos…!