Eduardo Galeano, the Uruguyan writer, was in Barcelona at the 15M demonstrations in late May. His beautiful, informal discussion on what has caused the movement, why this movement is so necessary, the systemic change it can bring and the optimism that he feels through the difficult birth that lies ahead, “make life worth living”.
Galeano’s book, “The Veins of South America” was given to Barak Obama by Hugo Chavez at a United Nations conference, whether Obama has read the book is to be seen. Meanwhile the spark that ignited within 200,000 Spanish people and gave support to 15M has spread. Los Indignados have common ground with the Greek community who are suffering because of harsh austerity measures, unemployment and a reticence for financial equity. There is a march in progress from Madrid to Brussells, gaining support throughout France and from other European countries as it advances on Europes financial centre.
The occupation of the city squares in Spain and Greece is now underway in America. Wall St has been occupied for the last 10 days and the protestors are meeting the same harsh treatment from the police that their European counterparts met, the current fundamentalist system knows no other way.
It is no wonder that the dissaffected educated youth who are at risk of becoming a “lost generation” as victims of austerity and unemployment, have aligned their creativity to a new societal form which has as its foundation a real people’s democracy.