Hello from Barcelona,
this is the first weekly newsletter that will inform you about the activities of 15M movement in Barcelona, Catalonia and occasionally the main events in Spain. Please respond if you do not wish to receive it anymore.
1. Solidarity with Greece
On Monday, 13th about 300 people protested in front of the greek consulate in Barcelona against the dictatorship of Troika (IMF, ECB, EU) and the approval of the new austerity plan by the greek government.
Video of the demonstration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulUJKguGnPY&feature=share
On Saturday, 18th, the working group for debt audit joined the international call for a day of solidarity with the greek people and launched a petition to cancel the greek debt towards Spain.
Web site of the working group for debt audit: http://www.auditoria15m.org/
2. Demonstration against the labour market reform
The “iaioflautas” (elderly activists, http://www.iaioflautas.org/) called to participate to the sunday, 19th demonstration against the labour market reform. In all Spain, hundreds of thousands demonstrated. This law will allow companies
– to fire employees very easily and cheaply.
– to fire people during the first year at no cost in smaller companies.
– to reduce the salaries without negociating with the workers, in case the company is losing money during 3 quarters
– to fire employees if they fail 9 days to work in 2 months, even if they have a permit from the doctor
Here some pictures of the demonstration:
3. Occupy schools
On Tuesday, 14th, professors and parents from 80 schools of Catalonia spent the night in the schools to protest against the budget cuts in education.
4. People Witness
People Witness is a network of 3G phones witnesses led to the same streaming channel to transmit an event, information, a follow-up project, assemblies, actions … and so on.
Communication to the hands of the people. This is a project created in Barcelona to descentralize the communication. Different workshops have been organized to explain the system to people who were interested to participate and now the number of People Witness streamers is growing.
5. Strike and actions during the World mobile phone congress
The public transport workers will strike during the World mobile phone congress (Feb, 27th to March, 1st) and some 15M assemblies will participate with actions during these days. The universities also plan to strike on the 29th.
6. Pensar el moment (think the moment)
Different collectives and groups of the15M movement of Barcelona met at the squat Can Batllo on the 11th and 12th of february to think over the present, the future, the tools, the objective, the weakness, the strenght, the opportunities and the threats of the movement.
The people was entusiastic about the meeting. They need to point out the situation, re-build the strategy, re-define the terms of the struggle, to compare doubt and perplexity, to know the job that everyone is doing. The movement came out of the week-end with a renewed strenght and big motivation in keep building a better commun future. The sucess of the encounter allows to wait for the next one.