Sunday, May 22, 2011


Stéphane Hessel, former French resistance fighter and imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps, last year published a book or pamphlet, as critics prefer to label it, which warmed France. In Indignez vous! (Indignaos!, Destino, 2011), Hessel invites young people to peacefully resist the "dictatorship of international financial markets" and defend "the values of modern democracy." Now, since last Sunday (15-M), more than fifty Spanish cities are the scene of demonstrations called by Real Democracy young to shout that I have had enough.

The size of the demonstrations has surprised the organizers themselves. The protest movement, spontaneous and cross, brought to the surface the crisis, after three years without protest, whose absence was hard to explain, and political parties in the election campaign, have been caught off balance.

President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said that "it is a democratic expression that we must listen and occurs in several European countries." But indoors, the Socialists fear that they will be the big losers electorally. By contrast, in the People's Party say they are rubbing their hands, as they believe that the demonstrators and their supporters in social networks are not their constituents.

Esperanza Aguirre, president of the Community of Madrid, protesters are "anti." "Antisistema? The protesters, or union without political support, integrating a heterogeneous movement that may be the anti-establishment and populist backlash that seeks to discredit parliamentarism, but the movement gathers more.

The demonstrators expressed social unrest. There is weariness in a crisis situation, as demonstrated in previous protests in Greece and even in the United Kingdom, where university students shattered the conventional idea that the economic crisis prevail traditional British phlegm. The French Prime Minister François Fillon reacted Hessel's book to say that "outrage at the outrage is not a way of thinking." And that is true, as is that opposition to the parliamentary system can lead to draconian proposals.

But the fact remains that the political class, corruption and incompetence in the crisis raises a great distrust among the population (in the Catalan regional elections were 91,631 blank votes). Therefore, the discrediting of corporate policy is the main cause of this protest movement. In a political spectrum where the shelter to alleged electoral corruption and where unemployment affects 45% of those under 25 years, the protesters' proposals are unclear, but the parties can understand they are told they are not properly using the parliamentary order to find the answer to the crisis.

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