On 15th May 2011, around 150,000 people took to the streets in 60 Spanish towns and cities to demand “Real Democracy Now”, marching under the slogan “We are not commodities in the hands of bankers and politicians”. The protest was organised through web-based social networks without the involvement of any major unions or political parties, such as Real Democracy NOW (Spanish: Democracia Real YA) or Youth Without a Future (Spanish: Juventud Sin Futuro) among other civilian digital platforms and 200 other small associations. At the end of the march some people decided to stay the night at the Plaza del Sol in Madrid. They were forcefully evacuated by the police in the early hours of the morning. This, in turn, generated a mass call for everyone to occupy his or her local squares that thousands all over Spain took up.
The movement grew to include between 6 and 8.5 million of Spaniards.
-Corruption exposed by Wikileaks and Anonymous
-Explosion of housing bubble
-Restriction of freedoms and the right to protest
Previous events, actions and demonstrations that precede the movement. First mass movilizations prior to the 15M:
Nunca Máis, Galicia 2002.
Iraq war, 2003.
Spontaneous mass protests against the war and the Spanish involvement in the coalition.
After 11M terrorist attack, 2004.
Spontaneous mass protests organized through sms without the involvement of the unions or political parties. In relation and as consecuence of Spain's involvement in the Iraq war of 2003.
Protests against the Sinde law
The Spanish digital resistance.
Tahrir, Syntagma, Tunisia and the rise of the squares.
“a public open space used for assemblies
“…the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city”
Athenian citizens had the power to vote for anything and everything, and were fiercely proud of their democratic ways. No citizen was above the law, laws were posted in the agora for all to see. Athenians considered it a duty and a privilege to serve on juries. Both the city law courts and senate were located in the agora to demonstrate the open, egalitarian nature of Athenian life.
Elections Silence Day
Spain, 22nd of May 2011
No political campaign allowed, no political speech, no distribution of propaganda, no right to protest, secrecy of vote, protection of the influence in voters during the voting day.
Contrast and comparison between different countries and silence day protocols as in Serbia or The Netherlands.
27 of May, Catalonia square, Barcelona
The day that peaceful resistance won over violence.
14-15 June, Occupation of the Barcelonian Parliament
Direct, specific and non-violent action
Symbolically block the Parliament to stop the budget cuts.
Media manipulation and counter-media from the movement.
Marcha Popular Indignada
Marches from cities and towns in Spain towards Madrid.
Then march from Madrid until the European Parliament in Brussels arriving the 15 of October 2011, catalyst of the worldwide movilizations of #GlobalRevolution #15O.
The creation and implementation of democratic platforms as the N-1.cc