15m Madrid: in movement from 15th of May till now… by Mariangela Casalucci

14 settembre 2011 at 09:35 Lascia un commento

The Spanish movement, called 15m, started on the 15th of May with an initial demonstation called by the social network True Democracy now (DRY – Democracia Real Ya, other civilian digital platforms and 200 other small associations). 130.000 people throughout Spain: 50.000 in Madrid, 15.000 in Barcelona, 5.000 in Granada.

At the end of Madrid’s demonstration, protesters staged a peaceful sit-in in Callao street, to which police responded beating protesters in a very brutal way and, after the incidents, a group of 100 started the camping in the middle of the square. The day after several people gathered in Puerta del Sol and decided to stay in the square until the elections on 22 May. At the same time  people started a similar action in Barcelona, in plaza Catalunya. When on the 17th of May early in the morning, the police “cleared” Puerta del Sol and removed the people who had camped out, people called for a gathering for 8 pm in all squares all over Spain.

It was an incredible night! People came from all over and, by 8 pm, it was not possible to cross SOL! In the general first Assembly with thousands of people participating it was decided to stay at least till the elections. Working group were created to organize the place, for spending the night in the square, creating cleaning, communication, extension, materials and legal committees. No money was accepted but only help in terms of food, tents, sleeping bag, furniture. There was a library, a space for children, the feminist tent, clowns, the art space, massage, and all sort of meeting, events and music. Even two organic gardens with all sort of vegetables were growing around the two fountains.

The manifesto of the 15m Movement was passed in the Assembly:


We are individuals who have come together freely and voluntarily. Each of us has decided, after the concentrations on Sunday, May 15, that we are determined to continue fighting for dignity and political and social awareness. We do not represent any political party or association.

We are joined by the singular cause of change. We are brought together by integrity and solidarity with those who are unable to join us.



We are here because we desire a new society that puts lives above political and economic interests. We demand a change in society and an increase in social awareness. We are here to make it known that the people have not fallen asleep, and we will continue fighting…peacefully.

We send our support to the friends that have been detained for participation in these concentrations, and we demand their immediate release with no criminal charges.

We want all of this, and we want it now. If you are with us, come join us.

“Better to risk and lose than to lose without having risked at all.”

The main idea is that “we are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers”. People is asking for real democracy, a new electoral law and end to political corruption as well as other claims, such as bank nationalization, stop to the evictions of people who cannot pay, no to the privatization of water, no to cuts.

The blog, twitter, facebook but most of all the website N-1(https://n-1.cc) are important tools but never Assemblies as the main place for making decision was put in discussion. Rules for camping and for the assemblies were decided: being inclusive, making decision through a consensus process, waving hands to show agreement and cross them to block decision, wave one arm to ask for a language which includes gender, roll hands to show that people are repeating concepts and close the hands up the head if is time for somebody to stop the intervention, turn one hand in front of the face to show that you don’t agree but you are not blocking the decision.

Blog: http://madrid.tomalaplaza.net

Twitter #acampadasol – @acampadasol

Although the protest was declared illegal because “could change the results of the elections” people stayed in Sol which was transformed in a fantastic and lively forum, with a lot of discussion, political elaboration, agreements on the rules for the Assembly… an ongoing political laboratory.

In Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and other 56 cities all over Spain the 21 May started with a minute of silence followed by cheers and applauses. It was called the “silent cry”, el “grito mudo”. It was called even though all protests on the day before elections are banned.

The idea, coming from the legal commission,  was to call for a day of reflection instead of a day of demonstration. And it worked! That night it was one of the most emotional of those days. At least 50 thousand people were in the square and the silence coming from thousands of people at the same time is louder than any shouting!

At the election the number of spoilt and blank votes reached record levels. The PP won thanks to the undemocratic electoral system which gives to a party with a real 24% of consensus the 51% of seats. The movement is not responsible for the loss of credibility of all the parties in charge. They all accept the banks orders, the IFM rules, the neoliberal global politic!

The assembly of the movement, the indignad@s (the outraged) decided to stay at least another week, until the 29th of May.

On the 27th of May the city council of Barcelona decided to send Mossos and Guadia Civil against the people of the 15m camping in Plaza Catalunya. Everybody thinks that they did it in order to go ahead with the final of the Champions League. The police attack was very brutal, there were hundreds of injured people. They took away materials, computer, documents without any respect for the people there. Videos and images of this brutality made the media all over the places.

As an answer the 15m regained the square in the afternoon with the solidarity of all the General Assemblies in Spain.

In these days the movement in his Assemblies was deciding the way to continue. Popular Assemblies started in all districts in Madrid and other big cities and the first Popular Assembly of Madrid began to work. In this Assembly all the speakers (portavoz) of the “Asemblea de los barrios” participate in order to inform each other, gather to strength each other struggle, organize actions. The movement was spreading from Sol and start living all around.

See http://madrid.tomalosbarrios.net

It was decided (always using consensus as a method to make decisions) to stop camping on the 12th of June leaving an information point in Sol, the PuntoSol, where people interested in the movement could find information about how it had been decentralized to the neighborhood assemblies. in few days a fantastic tunnel made with pallets was built by the people of the “infrastructure commission”. All recycled, friendly and nice.

Also it was decided for the 23-24th of July a March from all over Spain to Madrid in order to organize the Foro Social del 15 m, the first forum of the Spanish movement which was a big success. The Madrid movement organized the logistic for the people coming and the arrival was a big demonstration with groups of discussion all over the squares to put in common the experiences. On July 25th  Nobel-prized economist Joseph Stiglitz participated to the Forum  supporting the protest. He argued that authorities are handling the crisis in the worse possible way. “This does not work, you have to change it,” he said encouraging people to respond to the “bad ideas” with “good ideas”.

But on the 2nd of  August the police was sent to “clear” the PuntoSol and evict the people who were still camping en el Paseo del Prado, and locked off all access to Sol. The square was full of police and vans. It was incredible: nobody could walk, pass or stay. People were saying that never they saw something like that and Franco’s regime was coming back in the collective imagination.

The 15m called on people to try and access the square and started demonstrating from Callao to Gran Via, Cibeles, Paseo del Prado, Atocha and all the way to the Congress of Deputies building, occupying Plaza Mayor and other squares for the nights general assemblies. This went on for 3 days and, although again the movement experienced the brutality of the Mossos, more and more people joined the demos and, on the 5th of August, the movement took Sol back.

All this big waste of people money to close Puerta del Sol for 3 days was to prepare for the Pope visit!

Not against the pope visit but against the millions of public Euros spent for him and the people coming to Madrid there was a huge demo on the 17th of August.

But the Spanish government had something new to decide against people. In 10 days prepared with a pact between PP and PSOE a change of the Constitution. The “golden rule” was approved as part of the Spanish Constitution! The movements has been organizing demos and actions against this decision but the law was passed.


One of the challenge for 15m is the building of links with other movements all over the world. In n-1 the “Takethesquare” (English fo tomalaplaza) blog was started in order to put the bases for common actions in Europe and in the world.

On the 17th of September 2011 an international day on economic issues has been organized. In a loto of different cities like New York where “Take Wall Street” was started to Barcelona, Madrid, San Francisco, Los Ángeles, Seattle, Toronto, Atenas, Berlín, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Lisboa, Milán, Viena and others with the aim of asking for rules against financial markets’ speculations and the influence on governments

See http://takethesquare.net/17s

15th of October 2011an  international day of action will take place.

While a march has started from Spain going to Brussels in order to be there from the 8th to the 15th passing several different places, organizing meetings on the way, gathering with people from different other counties joining the action, all movements linked with the idea of the 15m are preparing actions. This is the appeal circulating


“On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares. From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest. The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end. United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us. On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen. It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen. People of the world, rise up on October 15th!

See http://15october.net/


Nothing more to say! Just  “People of the world, rise up!”


14 September 2011


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É ora di riprenderci i nostri spazi pubblici per discutere sul nostro futuro tutti e tutte insieme.
Occupazione pacifica delle piazze pubbliche
Creazione di spazi di incontro, dibattito e riflessione.
É nostro dovere recuperare gli spazi pubblici,
decidere insieme che mondo vogliamo
e costruire le alternative.

Riprendiamoci le piazze! Riprendiamoci le strade!

ll capitalismo globalizzato nuoce gravemente alla salute.... e puo' indurre, nei soggetti piu' deboli, alterazioni della vista e dell'udito, con tendenza all'apatia e la graduale perdita di coscienza ... (di classe) :-))

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