#29S London Solidarity Spanish Embassy 6pm

Tagged as: 29s social_struggles solidarity ukuncut workers_struggles

Gather with us around the Spanish Embassy (SW1X 8SB) at 6pm to show solidartiy to the people surrounding the Congress in Madrid.

As the protests spread to other countries and cities, join us in london




ALSO Portugal Solidarity #29s 

3pm: 3, Portland Place W1B 1HR

In Front of the Portuguese Consulate in London: Protest Against Portuguese Government + European Troika's Totally Insane "Austerity Measures" :: In Solidarity With the Portuguese People & Other Southern European Peoples And Their Senseless Suffering Being Caused by the Implementation of Ultra-Liberal Policies and Ultra-Liberal Ideological Experiments



It's spreading

As well as the planned huge protests in portugal, there's now calls for people to surround the italian parliament in rome, and similar in brussels, amsterdam and other cities.

Summary report of the 29S protest in Madrid

Around 30,000 people marched once again towards the Spanish Congress (Parliament) for the third time in a week [see previous reports here: http://london.indymedia.org/articles/12992]

Protesters marched from two different squares of central Madrid towards the Congress that, once again, was heavily protected by a huge police operation. They then gathered in front of the riot police lines for around 3 hours, until they decided to leave in mass, thus trying to prevent the sort of police repression seen on the two previous demonstrations that week. This had previoussly been agreed in the action coordinating assemblies.

At that point, around 300 people decided to stay behind and engage in a sit-down protest in front of the police lines. This was eventually broken by the riot police, though without as much violence as seen during the two previous protests. Having said that, it has now emerged evidence of police units hunting protesters in bars and hang-out spaces in downtown Madrid well after the protests had ended. See videos here:

from outside the bar Quevedo:

and from the inside:

It is also worth mentioning that previous to the protests starting, all the TV and other mainstream media crews that had set up reporting units around Neptuno Squate (in front of the Congress) were ordered by police to dismantle their units and move away from the area, in a blatant attempt to control the media's ability to report the unfolding events.

There's now a further mass call to 'Surround the Congress' on the 23rd of October which is when Congress debates and votes on this year's General Budget.

Below there's the text read by the 25S Coordination Network at Neptuno Square on September 29th during the protest

"Last 25S we called to surround the Congress of the members of parliament to rescue it from the kidnapping of the popular sovereignty carried out by the Troika and the financial markets. An occupation executed with the consent and colaboration of most of the political parties. Besides the constant threats, the manipulation of the media and the intense campaign to inflict fear in the people, thousands of people attended the call and said loud and clear that we have no fear, that we are together in this and that we are not going to stop until they resign and a Constituent process is started.

The answer of the Spanish government was based on hitting the demonstrators, using police infiltrators, arresting and hurting them with an outrageous violence as part of an amazing police deployment rarely seen in the past. The Government lost, however. The whole world has seen the TV images of its repression and harassment against the demonstrators, while the Spanish presidente, Mr. Rajoy´s speech at United Nations was extremely overshadowed due to our effective communication abilities. Right now there is an open debate about the legitimacy of the actions made during September-25, which roots deep inside the regular daily life- common people talk, debate, defend their ground. A great national conversation, involving the whole Spanish society, has begun, and this is the path we are willing to keep walking together.

We keep on learning. Today, September 29th, the streets have again been filled with thousands of people who say “enough” and want to pull the brakes on a reality that is turning more and more unbearable. And moreover, today, we went out to accompany and feel comforted by our portuguese, greeks and italians brothers and sisters who are surrounding their own parliaments. The “PIGS” are them, we are Southern Europe, and without the south there’s no Europe, there is no possible Europe

We continue to surround the Congress because we want to jump on in the social movilization and put that core in the recovery of the sovereignty and the citizen power, i.e., of the Democracy. In this year and a half we’ve learned to integrate, to think and to act collectively, striking up unforeseeable alligiances: tides of all colors taking the city; neighbours stopping evictions, civil servants closing off the streets… Now we know how to decipher complex economical and legal concepts, take care of ourselves and the others, comunicate better, administrate spaces and discussions on the net, on the squares and in our jobs; to laugh at the violent stupidity of the power, in front of which we resist instead of running. We have achieved to make the old struggling methods bigger, and we have carried out initiatives that we want to develop from the bases, without shortcuts, step by step. Because we believe that time for the decisions taken by a few is over, because in front of those who want to take our future away, we have the means and the collective intelligence to decide and build the society we want; because we don’t need false intermediates, but only collective resources and tools that actively fund the political participation of all the people in the common affairs.

We continue to surround the Congress to say “no” to those who decide to tell us what to do, that we are going to disobey their unfair impositions, such as paying their debt, and that we are going to defend the colletive rights: housing, education, health, employment, democratic participation, the rent. To start a process that allows that those responsible of the crisis don’t go unpunished, the pyromaniacs that created our crisis not to be rewarded and take them to court instead.

Neither the government of Zapatero, nor Rajoy’s have listened to us. Both have betrayed their own voters carrying out mesures that they promised they would never carry out. They don’t obey the citizens, they don’t have neither the courage nor the interest to do it. The government of Rajoy, therefore, doesn’t serve us and we demand their resignation.

Today the national budgets for next year had been presented. Those budgets are the result of a constitution reform performed within PSOE and PP without the citizen’s opinion on it. The budgets dedicate more money to pay an odious debt than to the social needs that could help to a collective wayout of the crisis. Those budgets are a shame to the national sovereignty, to the democracy. That is why we have to stop them.

We want to make a call to a new movilization for when the national budget is discussed in the Parliament. We want to be there again these days to say no, that ruling without asking the people first is over.

We demand the criminalization to stop, the freedom of the people still under detention and that all the charges attributed to the other comrades that were as well humillated and treated badly in police proceedures absolutely unbearable in a state based on the rule of law. An investigation about the police action during the 25S must be opened.

Those days we saw that we can, if we organize ourselves, if we communicate, if we use our nets and gain confidence, calm and collective intelligence. That is why we make a proposal to you, to participate in the Coordinadora 25S, not only here in Madrid, but everywhere else, organize your own nodes in this network, do your own calls… They are taking away from us the very little that we still have left to defend. We have absolutely everything to build.

We have no fear
We are going to surround the shameful budgets
They have to go
Yes we can."

Taken from:

Madrid on the Brink: S25 -> S29

See this excellent video chronicle of the recent 25S and 29S 'Surround the Congress' mobilistions in Madrid by Brandon Jourdan, an independent journalist behind the globaluprisings.org series of mini-documenaries about reactions to the economic crisis around the world.

Madrid on the Brink: S25 -> S29

"This short film chronicles the events of September 25-29th in Madrid, Spain where tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of the government and an end to police brutality. Many of the protests ended in clashes with the police. Since the stand off began on September 25th , the images of police
brutality have travelled the world over, shocking and inspiring people across Europe and leading to an international day of action on September 29th. This film tells the story of why so many people took to the streets and follows these events as they unfolded. Go to globaluprisings.org for the full series of mini-documenaries about reactions to the economic crisis around the world."