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article imageSpain's 15m Indignados mark second anniversary — 'Sí, se puede' Special

By Anne Sewell     May 13, 2013 in World
Fuengirola - May 12 saw the Spanish "Indignados" take to the streets "en masse" to mark the second anniversary of the 15m movement, which was born on May 15, 2011. The new theme of the protest is "From indignation to rebellion."
On May 12, 2013 in all major cities of Spain, and some smaller towns like Fuengirola, the 15m movement held a demonstration and non-violent protest march in defense of the people and their rights, and also to celebrate the second anniversary of the start of the Spanish 15m Indignado movement.
With cries of "Join us, don't just watch us", "There is no crisis, it's a scam" - or "There is no crisis, it's capitalism", calling for public healthcare and public education, thousands took to the streets countrywide.
Shouting out "Sí, se puede" or in English, "Yes, it is possible," the main theme of this and future protests will be “De la indignación a la rebelión: Escrache al sistema” - or "From indignation to rebellion. Protesting the system."
Cries of "The problem is the system, the solution is revolution" rang out in the streets along with calls for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign. The people called for the end of evictions and a solution to affordable housing for all.
Madrid saw tens of thousands of people in the streets, as can be seen from this photo and also this photo. While the protest which started in Mijas and headed into Fuengirola in Andalucía, southern Spain was much smaller, it was just as strong in its message.
 Decent Housing - Yes  its possible. 
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evic...
"Decent Housing - Yes, its possible." Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celebrate the second anniversary of the 15m movement.
Background:
On May 15, 2011, millions of people started a process of social change, sending a clear and unmistakable signal that they are not merchandise in the hands of the politicians and bankers. The people publicly expressed that the current representative democracy is dying.
However, the political class and the powerful have not understood the message. Despite the growing protests and clamor of upset people, these ruling classes are using this crisis to plunder the common wealth and to risk the lives of the people.
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celeb...
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celebrate the second anniversary of the 15m movement.
Capitalism has decided to cancel democracy, and now the people are governed by the banks. 1% of the population is actually legalized crime in action. The current political system is leading the people into disaster, and the 99% have to now take the reins of their destiny. The people must recover the sovereignty that belongs to them.
It was decided that on May 12 and 15, after yet another year of unanswered protests, the Spanish Indignados will return to the streets with legitimate demands and will begin building alternatives to the current model of social organization.
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celeb...
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celebrate the second anniversary of the 15m movement.
15m have organized and are building alternatives and solutions, but are suffering from repression and blockades imposed on them by the institutions. This repression is endangering the integrity of the population with inhumane measures.
The Spanish Indignados are demanding that not one more euro is paid to rescue the banks. The people are not to be held responsible for the illegitimate debt created by those who caused the crisis. "There is no crisis, it's a scam."
The people need free and quality education and health management and financing. There must be no more cuts in public spending and no privatization of public services. "Less police, more education."
There must be a fair distribution of both work and wealth. Retirement must not be delayed to age 67.
There must be guaranteed right of access to adequate housing for everyone. There should be social housing and housing cooperatives.
There must be a tax reform that allows fair redistribution of wealth among all with a universal basic income for everyone.
The right to demonstrate and strike together with all civil liberties must be defended.
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celeb...
Members of Fuengirola Despierta 15m and the group against evictions protested in Fuengirola to celebrate the second anniversary of the 15m movement.
Other sources:
http://politica.elpais.com/politica/2013/05/12/actualidad/1368384683_127508.html
http://elpais.com/elpais/2013/05/12/inenglish/1368387131_099950.html
http://12m15m.acampadadebarcelona.org/es/12m-15m/
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