Protests set to continue outside Spanish embassyTagged as: culture cuts democracia_real_ya free_spaces real_democracy real_democracy_now social_struggles solidarity spanish_revolution square_occupations true_democracy_now workers_struggles yes_we_camp
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The protest and camp outside London's Spanish embasy that started almost a week ago grew in strenght during the weekend [report] On Friday night around 30 people set up camp, and on Saturday more people joined in to spend the night on the pavement opposite to the embassy. But it was during the day when the protest grew to several hundred, specially on Saturday when around 700 people joined in throughout the afternoon till well into the night. See report and photos from Sunday ...
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Several working groups were formed and started to work on different aspects of the protest. These included logistics, communications & media, international, strategy & action and art & culture. The days were mostly spent in working groups meetings and plenary assemblies that discussed issues ranging from logistics and the future of the London protest, to people debating the characteristics and aims of this 'movement' both here in London and in Spain, as well as how it can be expanded beyond Spain. People from Italy and Portugal were present at the Sunday's assembly where they announced that people are starting to discuss plans for similar square occupations in their countries.
There was also time for spontaneous protest as people periodically gathered shouting "they (politicians) don't represent us!" whilst banging pots and pans. The bigger, loudest and more festive protest of the weekend was on Saturday night, with people improvising chants and slogans against politicians, representative democracy, bankers, political parties and demanding a system change.
On Sunday the plenary assembly decided to dismantle the camp until next weekend - starting on Friday 27th - but to continue the protest outside the embassy every day from 7 to 9pm. During the daily protests this week there are plans for working groups meetings, workshops and further mass meetings that will decide on the shape of the protest for next weekend as well as how to continue is 'movement' in London. The camps in Madrid's Puerta del Sol [live webcam] and Barcelona's Plaça de Catalunya [live webcam and podcasts (esp & cat)] announced that would continue for at least another week too.
Related articles in London Indymedia:
More information about the protests in London:
More information about the square occupations in Spain:
- Puerta del Sol Occupation blog
- 24h live webcam stream from Madrid's Puerta del Sol
- Plaça Catalunya Occupation blog
- Live webcam stream from Barcelona's Plaça Catalunya
- Podcasts from Plaça Barcelona's Catalunya (esp & cat)
- Video Gallery from La Tele (Barcelona)
- Video Gallery from square occupations across Spain
- Live feeds from Spain and across Europe
- Audio interviews: Greece...Spain...words on grassroots organising