A Student Embraces the Spanish Youth Revolution

Protesters gather at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on May 19, 2011 during a protest against Spain's economic crisis and its sky-high jobless rate. Photograph: Pedro Armestre/AFP

A Student Embraces the Spanish Youth Revolution

By Concha Mateos

PhD in Social Communication: Faculty 7:48 PM 6/2/2011at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid


Something that looked impossible is happening.

A miracle – could be. But there is no God acting, no holy character. Here there is only human will and the crowd´s wishes.

Thousands of people were there, with the same ideas, and the same objectives, with the same need for change, in the same Puerta del Sol, but they didn´t know it.

The unknown companions have met together.

Have you ever taken a decision with thousands of people considering them all the same.

The square has become a school of democracy, pure, radical, real and effective democracy. (‘Democracia real ya’, is the name of one of the groups that consolidates the movement of 15M).

Every day while corporations try to captivate audiences with rubbish TV programs, you can find them there, listening to each other sitting on the ground, taking and sharing the floor. The sun assembly shines every night in Puerta del Sol.

We build agreement where the politicians have ground competition. Puerta del sol Spain 15M: from angry to action crossing the Sun Door

We look for solutions where the politicians have ground oppression.

We don´t fight, we resist and protest creatively. Consent, participation, respect (to each other, to the animals, to the Earth…), dialogue… that is the methodology. We raise our hands and shout: These are our weapons. And work hard and with patience to reach agreement.

After thousands of years over the Earth, one system of production has appeared in the last period and managed to oppress more people and destroy more resources than ever. It was perpetrated all over the world.

Beyond its plastic face, Capitalism has dragged and has ruined the way of life of citizenry, making millions of persons not believe  or have regard for citizenry, the immigrants, the sub-persons who try to survive within the sub-democracy: no vote, no floor, no right, but slaves´ salaries for them and the large shame for all the rest of us with a piece of conscience.

The welfare state is being mutilated and huge areas of the planet are [condemned not to come to return to what it should be] ever.

Another system is possible, stop lying with your corporate media.

Spanish revolution is a revolution because people have changed. That is the first and the main step of a protest: the most important change that a revolution can make is the transformation of the people – it sparks off.

We were angry in the beginning. Capitalism had been going for four centuries scattering reasons all over [our] paths. We had to [get over those] walls to get a job, a house, education, health care, political, social and cultural rights – effective rights, to get dignity.

Corruptions, privileges, policy makers being paid by enterprises to manage the economic rules, politicians acting as putty in corporations´ hands, TV entertainment instead of participation… Capitalism planted the reasons to be angry, but outrage is not the challenge. We are not working to remain angry.

The indignation we were feeling was identified long time ago. But who were “we”? Nobody knew. But we do now. We have revealed the “we” in Puerta del Sol May the 15th, we have revealed our indignation is general, we are thousands and thousands, a booming process of collective conscience.

A new political subject has emerged. We are the first transformed. That is because this is a revolution.

We have rescued that word from the TV movies and the History and Art treatises. We are giving back that meaning to the people. Common people in our areas have taken the floor and expressed last Saturday (May the 28th [2011]) what they want, what they feel, what they wish, and they are about change. Hundred of assemblies in Spain, women, men, mothers, grandfathers, students, faculties, workers, immigrants… real people living a real democracy beating in the core of their districts for the first time in their lives.

Indignation became illusion. And now, illusion is carrying us through organizing.

Anger plus illusion produce strengths. Strengths plus organization fosters structural changes.

Yes, we camp. We have camped and we are carrying on.

Puerta del Sol camp is not going to fade away, is going to explode, setting up camps for deep thinking people. Nobody, no police, no govern could remove it from the brains of the new political subject that has burst onto the stage shouting “DEMOCRACIA REAL YA!”

Remove the current electoral system, remove economic privileges the political class has allocated to itself, make the responsible companies of the crisis pay the crisis, stop the economic reforms dictated by international economic power, and let our reason govern our world, not the capitalist ones. Claim, support and defend all this assembly, horizontally, peacefully.

It is happening. And it is not a miracle. It is only that a lot of people have experienced his power.

We have had two general assemblies yesterday, May 29th. The assembly of local assemblies in the morning, and the common general one at night – more than five and four hours. The need and the plan and the dream of restructuring the Puerta del Sol camp. Restructuring the camp that is a [visible] sight for so many people. We connected with companions in Athens, in Paris… We condemned and rejected the police acting against them.

Have you ever taken a decision with thousands of persons in a public square?  Have you ever lived the beating of that responsibility, uphold collectively?

It is a hard work to turn the angry into illusion, and the illusion into agreement for action – genuine and [very] hard work, but the only one that can give us back our dignity.


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