#BARCELONA #15M Newsletter nr 23

Hello from Barcelona,

this is the weekly newsletter that will inform you about the activities of 15M movement in Barcelona, Catalonia and occasionally the main events in  Spain. If you do not wish to receive it anymore, please say so.

1. #19J A whole country against its government
2. One, two, three steps to interact with citizen streaming
3. Health Care fiscal non-compliance campaign in Catalonia
4. Mediterranean activism mets in Barcelona: #medradical  


Last July 19th, in  response to the new austerity measures, the unions in Spain called for a national demonstration and the 15M movement gave support to the people demonstrating. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in over 80 cities in the whole country.
The reasons for the protests are many: tax increases, lower salaries, and no solution to unemployment. Add to this the extreme corruption, the bailout, and a member of parliament shouting “fuck them!”inside the parliament just after the president proudly announced the budget cuts.
All the political parties voted against the new measures, except the one in power, which has absolute majority and who developed the plan. Several politicians from this party actually gave Rajoy a standing ovation while he announced the worst austerity measures in years.

First news in the morning was about the 100 police vans in a police station in Madrid that appeared sabotaged and would be unusable until their tyres get changed. The national police union said something like “We didn’t do it, but we’ll give legal support to any mate involved in or affected by this. The indignation is so high and the scam is so big”.

In Barcelona, all the public sectors had their place and many different kinds of workers came out, from policemen and public servants to freelance workers and firefighters.
The people from the social movements merged with the rest of the marchers and the @iaioflautas called for their own critical block.

The demonstration in Barcelona started around 7pm and the main street that it took was completelly full of people for more than two hours, with almost 400,000 people marching. Even the name of the street became a trending topic in twitter suddenly.

The protest ended in front of the Catalan Parliament with no riots, but the firefighters jumped over the fences that protected the building.
In Madrid, the firefighters again started to throw foam in front of the Congress and the protest there ended with 26 injured and at least 7 people arrested.

The unions read a manifesto saying that there will be more protests called by unions this summer.


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Twitter: HT #19J



After storing in our retinas the images of more than 80 Spanish cities united to protest in the streets the day before, last Friday July 20th the premises of the collective Hypernoika in Barcelona held a workshop on How to Stream.

Neighbours and those interested in discovering new keys to work as media activists participated in a session of over three hours, where members of the peoplewitness project  went through the three key points for streaming: Livestream studio, Bambuser and Xsplit studio.

Livestream studio: The workshop started with the recommendation to open a free account at livestream, go to the library and create your own internet TV channel. You can even create your own schedule toolbar. Another interesting fact is that this platform serves to link the different live streamings by several streamers into one multiscreen, using Xsplit, and these multiscreens recordings can also become a “program” by creating a specific link you can later spread via internet.

Bambuser: This is the application for streaming from a smartphone, pad or computer. There are other applications such as quik or ustream, but there is an advantage with Bambuser: it gives free premium accounts to activists.
The first thing to do is open an account at the Bambuser website. If possible, we recommend to use the following system to name your account: peoplewitness.[region in three letters].[Name or nickname]. Then connect your account with your twitter and facebook, so that each time you stream something, you will automatically share your link. Afterwards, download the application on your phone and enter your details (username / password), and then the image appears. Put as a title the name of the event, location and hashtags of the moment, remember that this title is what will be tweeted and must be understandable. Then adjust the quality of your video according to your connection, usually at an intermediate resolution, and start broadcasting.
The streamers at the workshop talked about the importance of interacting with viewers, contextualizing what is not seen through the screen and keeping an eye on the information provided by people who are with you. It was also recommended to make long videos and to try to create a sense of narrative. Whenever you broadcast live through Bambuser the video is recorded, if you have internet connection you will find your clip in your Bambuser page, if you have no internet on the phone itself then you can upload the videos once you get internet.
Finally, practical tips on how to approach people and how to start streaming, safety within demos and riots and further ideas where shared by the streamers.

XSplit: This program allows you to mix different streamings from Bambuser and broadcast them as a multiscreen channel on Livestream. It’s as easy as downloading the program and adjusting the audio and video according to your internet connection, though you usually need a high bandwidth to work on XSplit.
When a group of streamers are broadcasting from the streets, Xsplit allows you to mix the multiple scenes and even put titles or descriptions in several tickers. This mixer also lets you adjust the quality and contrast of the streaming.
Once the Xsplit screen is ready to broadcast, you just have to connect with your Livestream channel, thereby closing the triangle streaming: Livestream studio, Bambuser, Xsplit studio.

With this triangle, while many streamers can follow what happens in the streets, the studio mixers will try to give a narrative of everything that is happening, using Xsplit as a mixer and filtering these images through a Livestream channel.


Livestream channels:

Twitter: HT #peoplewitness



Starting from June 23rd in Catalonia, every medical prescription by a doctor from the public health service will cost an additional euro. This tax has also been called the euro of shame, as the Government on one hand says that it is a way to save the public health care system and on the other it doesn’t prosecute legally the corrupt members of the boards of the ICS (Catalan Public Insitute of Health Care) and the CatSalut (Catalan Public Service of Health Care), responsible for its financial situation (NL 18, 4)

To this tax the Catalans have to add a Spanish tax: from July 1st between 30% and 60% of the total price of the medicines has to be paid (the percentage depends on the citizen’s income). What is worse, many medicines are no longer supplied by the public health service so people are having to pay 100% for chronic condition drugs. In a very few cases people are exempt  from paying these taxes.

Collectives such as Dempeus per la salut (Stand up for the health care), that defend the quality in public health, are promoting an act of fiscal non-compliance: another “no vull pagar” (I do not want to payin Catalan) like the one we talked about in a previous NL (nr 11, 4 ), where Catalans refuse to pay tolls at motorways.

They considered this payment a “re-pago”, literally a repayment, as health care is a right and it has been already payed by citizens’ taxes, so it has to be guaranteed to continue being a free service.

Those citizens that do not want to pay the euro have to present to the chemist copies of their ID card, social security number, the prescription and a letter.
The chemist is just an obliged tax-collector and has to accept the non-compliance. He will give the citizen a form to fill in. A copy of it will be delivered to the CatSalut. If the chemist refuses to accept the non-compliance, he is denying assistence and it is a crime. It is possible to press charges against him.

Not paying a tax is a failure to execute a fiscal obligation, so the Catalan government could start proceedings against the “pharmaceutical desobedient”. As always, “union makes us strong”, so if many people refuse to pay it the proceeding will be simply bureaucratically non-viable, and citizens will win this small battle against corrupt and unfair institutions.



  • Catalan group of “Yo-no-pago” (I do not pay) refuse to pay motorway tolls: NL 11, 4 [EN]
  • Legal actions against the magazine Cafeambllet for revealing corruption in public health: NL 18, 4 [EN]

Twitter: HT #NoVullRepagar



Last week in Nova, next to Catalunya square, there was a meeting of cyberactivists of the Mediterranean. It was joined with a new edition of the Radical Community Manager workshop organized by Novact with the colaboration of X.net

The meeting was attended by activists from all along the Mediterranean, in what they called a Cartography of the Mediterranean cyberactivism:

  • Lali SandiumengeFreelance journalist and Arabic blogosphere expert (Catalonia) @LaliSandi 
  • Bassel Ramsis: Egyptian activist @baselramsis 
  • Achraf Awadi: Cyiberactivist (Tunisia)
  • Georgia Tsismetzoglou: Mediactivist, multimedia team member of Syntagma square (Greece)
  • Dlshad Othman: Programmer, cybersecurity expert (Syria) @dlshadothman 
  • Sanae Saadani: Cyberactivist (Morrocco)
  • Antonio LiguoriCyberactivist (Italy) @AntonioL84 

This initiative from Nova succeeded in  linking activists from the Mediterranean who could have been working together without knowing each other face to face. Besides sharing skills in the different areas of cyberactivism while having in mind the geopolitical differences of each speaker, it was an ideal atmosphere to develop the Radical Community Manager workshop.

This new edition of the RCM had the participation of many experts in their fields from Barcelona. The Peoplewitness team talked about their experience during this year of livestreaming, together with 15Mbcntv -Barcelona’s videoactivists in the 15M movement- who explained their way of working. The X.net showed the different tools on the Internet to make connection and comunications easier, also explaining how to create a viral campaign and all the techniques they use to work in the web.

Finally, the antirepressive group Rereguarda en Moviment (NL 18,1) explained their project to build a network of mutual support for the repressed, an important need due to the difficult times that Spain is going through: the increase of repression mechanisms by the police and the public institutions is more obvious day by day.



Twitter: HT #medradical


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