May 292011

<<-- photo by Vincenzo Rigogliuso shows peaceful Barca fans joining protest

Shocking scenes in Barcelona on Friday, but peace broke out again soon after…

I’ve been following the happenings in Spain as much as I can from afar and I’ve been meaning to post some thoughts following Friday’s intervention of police brutality. However my brain is not functioning well today, (at least not in the transferring of thoughts to keyboard), so here is a curated story with minimal comment from myself and lots of in depth analysis from elsewhere.

First a picture that tells a thousand stories… The police don’t discriminate with batons. (More on this below)


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May 222011

Today is Sunday 22nd May 2011 and Spain goes to the polling booth for the local elections. Since last Sunday (15/5) following large protests in Spain, many decided to stay on the streets. The support grew and by Friday evening there was over 25 thousand people gathered in Puerta del Sol, Madrid and more than 10 thousand at Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona. All across Spain people came out in strength and ignored the ban of political demonstrations on the eve of an election.  The government decided not to enforce the ban as the protests are peaceful and very well organised.

Around the world demonstrations have taken place in solidarity with the protesters in Spain. The problems faced in Spain are the same as much of the western world under the thumb of recession and austerity measures. However, their unemployment rates, especially among the young are very high. They are disillusioned with their government and it’s main opposition. It is a familiar situation. There is little choice for people in the dominant political parties to really act on behalf of the people. The people must take politics into their own hands so real change and reform can happen. The protests movements in Spain, unlike here in Ireland, are not stagnant and divided. There is a sense of unity and a solidarity in Spain which should serve as an example to the western world.  Here are a people who have the stamina to act now for a better future.

Below are some videos with international media perspective followed by videos from activists themselves…


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May 202011


photograph from

watch live streams from Spain of the people’s uprising…


updates from @alex_riveiro


00:00 CET (20110521)

“Ban enforcement in Spain starts right now: Demonstrations still going strong. Madrid: 20k+ people in Puerta del Sol.”

23:00 CET

“1 Hr left for the start of Pre-election day and ban enforcement. Thousands gather in over 90+ places in Spain.”

22:00 CET

“Right now, there’s well over 15k people in Madrid’s demonstration. 9k in Barcelona’s. Ban enforcement set to start in 2 hours.”


Live TV by Ustream

more info here..



this is spreading..


list of camps across Spain





afternoon report from euronews… (20110520)

Ban headache for Spanish politicians


yesterday’s report from euronews… (20110519)

Spanish youth protests go international

Apr 152011

The Lost Dáil Tapes, Away Up North, Subsidiaries & Markets…

The latest on the story of the statisticians and the interrogators.
(if the story doesn’t load below.. please come back in a while… in the meantime, you can see the Lost Dáil Tapes on Youtube..
20110331 [Dáil] Adjournment Debate – Census of Population
and 20110406 [Dáil] Questions to An Taoiseach – Census


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