OCCUPY BARCELONA UPDATE.

This film clip from Brandon Jourdan on how the Acampada has devolved from Placa Catalunya into the Barrio’s (suburbs). although the election result didn’t fully explain the absentee/spoil vote issue well, they do have polled support of 70%+, THIS WAS an election though, one that was selected by Zapatero to co-incide with the anniversary of the death of Generalisimo Franco, November 20th. Did Zapatero give some thought to the possible re-emergence of new fascist philosophy, based on “market fundamentalism” ?

Anyway the “Occupy” movement is alive and well, and will grow when further austerity measures are announced. Spain isn’t done with the financial shocks to its banks just at present.

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Ixpieth comment; Having read an article in the Guardian by fellow 15M author/journalist Katherine Ainger called “The Spanish election is a mandate for the indignados” , many comments were lodged stating this was a misinterpretation of the result. Katherine did “adjust” her comment and admit the absentee were part of claimed 15M “swing”. The absentee vote was, in fact, almost the same as the last election, and the “spoiled” vote had barely changed.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/nov/21/spanish-election-mandate-indignados

Accepting that in the last election many conservatives did not vote, and the enthusiastic socialist vote was Zapatero’d out, and possibly DID accept the advice from 15M to “absentee or spoil” it is feasible that there was strong electoral support. But this was an election which should be considered in that light. 15M is  the basis of a global movement and has progressed, and is as impressive now as then, ON 15M.

It’s claims will be subject to heated debate and their arguments must be solid.          “WE ARE GOING SLOW BECAUSE WE ARE GOING FAR”..

Naomi Klein described Occupy as a global “state of mind”, Eduardo Galeano described it as the “birth of another world”. It has been a totally unexpected and great beginning, who knows what the future will turn up.

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Naomi Wolfe on her experiences being arrested in New York after speaking with demonstrators.

The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy

The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class’s venality

 Naomi Wolf

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MORE MUSIC. MOVEMENT MUSIC.

NEW BARCELONA FIESTA PAGE

Some of the summer hylights of the “uber cool” City. Great Sights and Sounds here too.

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This clip on the Barcelona Indignados 15M evolution has the haunting MOBY track, “Why does my heart feel so bad” perfect choice.

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Lee “Scratch” Perry was the man that produced the original Bob Marley music, Peter Tosh a member. Some reports have him born in 1933 and he’s still performing !  Scratch’s most creative years co incided with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagon’s de regulation binge. In 1987 Scratch penned a song opposing the Strategic Defence Initiative (S.D.I.) and against the I.M.F. and the major players in todays financial problems.

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Adbusters 15th October big day out.

I was in Placa Catalunya on the 15th May when this was born. I have never seen or been in a space that was packed so tight with so many people. I visited the site many times during the 6 weeks of rain, police brutality and deep deep indignation that is felt in Spain. 40% + of the youth of this country are unemployed, 2 million houses lay empty as people are being evicted I bear witness to the genuiness of this movement. A virus that has spread to the rest of Europe and America that will have it’s day.

“Our dreams cannot fit in your ballot box”