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Allaboutthepolice.com (Part 3) I’ll be a policewoman come what may

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by cockroach1

More from the police forum in the thread about incidents in Lavapies and anti-police attitudes in general:

I suppose you already know all about it…. They did it again in Lavapies, they slagged off colleagues again. This time it was over the arrest of a moroccan with a criminal record.

http://www.antena3.com/noticias/socieda … 00127.html

I was about to post this story when I saw someone else already had.

Here it is:

Four officers hurt in Lavapiés

The residents of Lavapiés continue trying to set up anarchy in the neighbourhood. On Wednesday night they caused yet another altercation with the Police, when dozens of people tried to hold up the arrest of a citizen.

According to police sources consulted by LA RAZÓN, a moroccan youth called 091, asking for officers to turn up at Lavapies square, because another guy had beaten him up. When the Police arrived on the scene, the kid showed them the report he’d filed against this aggresor at Arganzuela station some days before, although he’d only just been able to identify him, as he’d just seen him in the street, and this is why he’d called the police.

Once he found himself surrounded by 6 officers, the accused, Abdou F, 26 years old and from Senegal, started to spit at them and insult them, calling them ‘racists’ and ‘murederers’. When they heard the shouting, locals started coming out onto the street and they started jeering the police, who had to call 10 more patrol cars out as back up. Meanwhile, the supposed aggressor did all in his power to resist being placed in one of the cars, until he hit his own head. After a 20 minute struggle, the officers managed to get him in one of the vehicles and one of the officers sat next to him in order to prevent him injuring himself further.

Four policemen ended up with minor injuries after this altercation and the wing mirror and the windscreens of two patrol cars broken. The suspect – with 38 prevous criminal counts for assaults on authority- has his hearing today.

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Insults and attacks with bottles

Shortly after the police arriving on Plaza Lavapies to arrest a supposed aggresor, residents went on the warpath to try and stop them. In a matter of seconds, officers were surrounded by a cordon of people who hurled insults and threw glass bottles, causing injuries to four policemen. It was so chaotic that ten more patrol cars were called up to the Madrid neighbourhood to defend their colleagues, who once again found themselves rounded up and harrangued for trying to keep order on the streets.

Source: http://www.larazon.es/noticia/9290-cuat … n-lavapies

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And where were the Moroccan’s countrymen to stick up for their friend and defend the police who were trying to arrest his attacker?

I just don’t get it, I am PISSED OFF

That neighbourhood needs one hell of a clean up….

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Good God, this gets out of hand sometimes

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And here I am having to put up with my folks, trying to make me feel bad for wanting to be a policewoman… seeing this type of bollocks makes my blood boil, the world’s gone mad

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With respect I reckon your parents haven’t got a sodding clue what it means to be a policeman. To be the first to look after a woman who’s the victim of domestic abuse, to see the look of gratitude and sense of security in her eyes, to help a child who’s lost and upset, and who comes running to you because it trusts you as if you were its own father, to arrive just in time to save someone from getting beaten up and arrest their attackers, to be the shoulder to cry on when a family member has died, or just helping an old lady cross the road, or helping her up if she’s fallen. There are thousands of other cases. But that’s what it means to be a policeman: in no other job can you help other people as much.

And the 15M lot can just get fucked. I was with them at the start but bit by bit they’ve lost all credibility they had.

By the way, yesterday we had to stop them breaking into our building. Among other compliments they were shouting ‘bourgeouisie’. Yeah, there’s no-one as hard-working as us lot!

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It looks like the media are finally getting wind of what’s happening to us, something’s better than nothing. I’ve just seen on today’s Antenna 3 news, I’ll post it here for you as well

http://www.antena3.com/noticias/espana/ … 0217.html#

 And another video: http://www.antena3.com//videos-online/n … 00104.html

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You’re right, they haven’t got a fucking clue, I’m on my own here, but I don’t give a shit, it’s what I do and that’s the end of it, you have no idea what it’s like every sodding day, putting up with the constant psychological battering from my mum and dad, my grandparents, my brother, today I’ve had to deal with my gran telling me ‘when they ask you what you do, don’t tell them what you really do… and I said to her, so what am I supposed to say, then? That I’m a check out girl or I’m on a five year degree course, it really winds me up. I’ll be a policewoman come what may, and when something comes over me (hee hee) no-one can stop me, and up till now whatever I’ve achieved it’s been with blood, sweat and tears but I’ve got it in the end. And when someone asks me what I do now? I tell them I’m studying to be in the National Police, and I get a real buzz out of saying what I do, it makes me really proud.

Anyway, going back to what we were talking about, it’s a damn shame when you have to see these banners saying the police are terrorists etc etc, I don’t know what these people think they’re trying to do, I’d like to get my hands on one of them one of these days, one of these who have so much to say for themselves, it would be good to get one of them face to face, see what they do then.

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Allaboutthepolice.com (Part 2)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2011 by cockroach1

nervous system in conflict

Another eye-opening extract from the police forum discussing recent incidents with the police and residents in Lavapies, and the neighbourhood and its inhabitants in general:

Jeez, when I saw that on the evening news I felt like shit, they’re just doing their job, going after a dealer with a record, and they want us out of the neighbourhood, then the police have to go in more forcefully and we all get into trouble….

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At least it’s out in the open and the public are beginning to see what’s really going on. They were detaining a DEALER!! Let’s see how these protesters feel when it’s their kid slumped on a street corner hooked on drugs that this dealer’s been pushing them, or stabbed in the guts, or finished off to settle a score, are they then going to continue to stick up for this DRUG DEALER who the security forces were unable to arrest when they had him, (though they did arrest him in the end), because they were too busy chucking stones at the police and jeering at them to get out of the neighbourhood?

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It’s a spin off of those 15M lot, anarchists who’ve used the 15M name to do stuff like this.

Because it’s good that people demonstrate about things they’re against, as long as it’s in a peaceful manner, but then these people give pacifistic movements like 15M a bad name when they do stuff like this.

And of course the government isn’t going to stick up for the police, or for the man on the street.

I don’t really get what’s going on, but if things carry on like this, it’ll get much worse and people are going to get hurt.

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now the problem is people after 15M, because the police didn’t intervene to throw them out or anything, now everyone thinks they can do whatever they like because, as they’re ‘pacifists’ they all stick their hands up, hold hands, stick together, have a sit-in, and everybody out… it’s been made easy for them to moan about the police and stick up for the criminals, like in this case as well…

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This is getting out of hand. And what kind of hypocritical and ignorant society are we turning into if the whole world and his neighbour seems to think the police are responsible for all the problems we have? I mean what kind of morons are they who think they can get away with stopping us doing our jobs by using force and threats? What are they going to resort to next? Call 091 asking for help then lay an ambush for the officers who turn up? Without wanting to sound over the top, I’ve watched these videos you’ve all posted on here and all I see are a bunch of ‘crusties’. I’d like to think that in this part of the city there are plenty of normal people who can’t stand all this and who are behind what the police are trying to do.

And the worse thing is all this that’s going on is having repercussions in other cities, every day you see less respect for our work, and for us as individuals.

In the patrol car I’ve had to put up with a right load of crap just for asking people for their ID, people who were clearly carrying out a criminal act or who were just about to commit  a crime. Everyone asks why you’re doing it, everyone gets hot under the collar, they ask you haven’t you got more important things to do, and blah blah blah. And then it turns out apart from the odd one or two, each one of them’s worse than the last.

I’m not saying people should hang their heads when they have to deal with us, but for fuck’s sake, they should let us do our job with a bit of dignity, we’re only trying to help. And if in many cases we’re unable to do it as well as we’d like to, it’s because our hands are tied by the government, not because we don’t want to.

So, I suppose we’ll have to carry on turning up anywhere our presence is required, and we should do with out heads held high and not let these dickheads put us off, who are so full of themselves because they’ve chased us out of the neighbourhood, because, do you know what – whether they like it or not, above all, we’re professionals.

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I’m on the beat in that neighbourhood almost on a daily basis, and 90-95% of the people in that neighbourhood are foreigners and they give us the evil eye every time we turn up.

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I’m not from Madrid, I had no idea there was such a high percentage of foreigners in that neighbourhood. Well, sorry Mr Foreigner, Crusty hippy, and other manky flea-bitten individuals, I do beg your pardon for doing my job, you’re absolutely right, the police are all terrible. You carry on running amok and living off the state. We ought to set up a Police ‘indignados’ platform.

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Is alpol a bit like 3,000 but with foreigners???

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Mmmm…no, not exactly. I really don’t know how to compare it with any other neighbourhood there…. Lavapies is a neighbourhood with old buidlings (some really ancient flats) and you can walk around ‘no problem’, well, look, if you walk round there you’re not going to get jumped and mugged by 3 immigrants with a pistol or a knife, normally they keep the fights between themselves and sometimes with the Spaniards from round there. But it’s true that every step you take you’re coming across africans, pakistanis, moroccans, indians, chinese, turks, romanians… and of course crusties. That’s why when they see someone who’s not from round there or who looks a bit different, not like someone who’s normally hanging around there, they get a bit agitated. Let’s just say you wouldn’t want a mate of yours living down there, because you know what you’re going to get for neighbours, and it’ll be all over the block that you’re a cop in five minutes.

It’s true, we’re not exactly welcomed with open arms in that neighbourhood and now the media are cottoning on, so everyone’s beginning to see how much they hate us, when they should be focusing on the fact that we’re only going down there for the security of those who live there, whatever their nationality, because, let’s face it, wouldn’t it be easier and safer for us if we didn’t bother going down there and they can all get on with killing each other?? But we are there to PROTECT citizens, whether they are african, pakistani, moroccan… but obviously, the bad ones (and unfortunately there are a lot of those) have to be brought to justice.

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in my humble opinion:

I really believe that people are getting out of hand now, looking at what went on in Lavapies, it’s pathetic. What really hit me apart from the police being insulted by people for no reason at all, was the woman who, if I’ve remembered it right, was on tv saying: I saw how they were handcuffing the immigrant and I called the alarm so they couldn’t haul him off, well, the woman who kicked up this whole stink in the first place.

So now I’m asking myself: what kind of picture do people have of the police? And I tell myself: the vision the media gives, always with a spin on it, always putting out news stories when the police have to intervene, when the police hit someone, when the police are ‘bad’, that’s what people see on tv, and what they don’t get to see is when the police are doing their job they’re getting assaulted, insulted, and treated like shit. They don’t see that when we’re on duty we have to put up with all kinds of crap and take it on the chin. The police are there to help people, they should get it into their thick heads once and for all, if you’re walking down the street and you’re asked to open your bag, backpack, case etc, it’s because someone’s been given an order to do it, they’re not just doing it because they feel like it, there must be a good reason they’re doing it. There’s another video, the same kind of thing, where the police ask some crusty to open his bag and he starts to kick off and cause loads of trouble, bangingon about some old lady being illed and what did the police do about that etc etc.

And also I’d like to point out that all these people who jeer at the police, insult us, hit us and so on, they should stop and think about how they want us around when there’s a crime been committed, a murder, a case of domestic abuse… And they ask the police to do everything, and often the ones who demand the most are the people who a few days before were there slagging the police off.

Remember that a policeman is a worker, like anybody else, but with a very particular and special job to do, defending the rights and freedoms of each and every citizen of this country.

Allaboutthepolice.com (Part 1)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2011 by cockroach1

controlled area for your use and enjoyment

Ever wondered what the bobby on the beat really thinks about his or her job, the 15M protest movement, immigration into Spain,  and the residents of Lavapies, to name a few controversial topics? Or thought how interesting it might be hear their side of the story? I have, and then I came across this, on a police forum called ‘Todopolicia.com’. This is the first part of a very long thread entitled:

‘Insults against the police in Lavapies’

about an incident earlier this Summer, in the middle of the 15M protest, when Lavapies residents ‘chased’ the police out of the neighbourhood and stopped them arresting an immigrant. If you want to see the full conversation (in Spanish, I’ll be posting it here in English), follow this link:

http://www.todopolicia.com/foro/insultos-contra-la-policia-en-lavapies-t10232.html?sid=9aed043090b84e42d0203d39f7df1134

or Google: todopolicia.com Lavapies. It’s interesting reading…..

FORUM THREAD:

I’m getting really pissed off with the media, twisting things, putting their own spin on stories, never mind the truth. Take the latest incident in Lavapies: when the police were in the middle of a raid on illegals, trying to arrest an immigrant, and locals chased them out.

What really happened: a black man tried to jump the metro entrance and some security guards grabbed him. They asked him for his ID so they could book him, but he refused. Then the security guards called the Police. When the officers arrived, they asked him again for his ID, he refused again, and this is when the police officers proceeded to escort him to the station to identify him.

At this point the residents of the neighbourhood started slagging off the police, insulting them, threatening them, pushing them etc. They called for back up, and within quarter of an hour the UIP had arrived, but the crowd had become very aggressive by this point, and the decision was taken to retreat in order to avoid a worse situation.

We have to put up with this kind of crap every day and nobody sticks up for us, not even our unions. This is what we get for doing our job.

There were no plans to arrest the immigrant, as the media is claiming, he was only going to be ID-ed. And anyway, this individual was here legally in Spain, and if he had been illegal, they wouldn’t even have arrested him, only started proceedings against him. And anyway, even if we had been there demanding ID, we’re just doing our jobs!

How about this – why don’t we all stop paying to use the metro, and while we’re at it let’s stop paying taxes as well. Let’s all take over abandoned buildings and exercise our right to squat, and how about we just let all the immigrants in the world in, tell you what, let’s just scrap all laws…

Anarchy!

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I couldn’t believe it either when I saw that on the telly.

One day…

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And me, I really don’t know what’s going on

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No way!! Like one of my colleagues said ‘we’re like medicine aren’t we, nobody wants us until they need us.’ Spain is different!’

Never surrender, never back down!!!!!

Have a look at this, this will give you an idea, here’s the video I saw on the news yesterday:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOJt0vYQ2qk&feature=related

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What’s that van at 3 mins 55?

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I’d say it’s the  mounted police transport

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WHAT A NIGHTMARE! What ignorant people, they can’t even work out what’s law and what’s repression. These dickheads had better not come down the station when they’ve need our help. These things really piss me off.

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Yes, it’s the mounted police van, correct me if I’m wrong but I think they park up in the next parallel street.

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You said it, mate, what ignorant twats. And the day they need us they’d be the first to dial 091. Ignorant, lying gits. Haven’t you seen in the last few seconds of the video, there’s a black man who says ‘they nabbed a Senegalese guy on the metro and they were mistreating him.’ Where did they get this gem? Have a look at ’20 mins’ today’s edition, there’s an interview with Ablaye Seck, the guy this is all about, who says, among other things, ‘the police treated me well’ and ‘it’s true they nicked me on the metro. That was my mistake. I didn’t have a ticket, I jumped the barrier and they got me.’ This person was treated impeccably throughout the entire proceedings and of course, never once stepping outside the parameters of the law.

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What a nightmare, yeah, these people who hurl insults around and shout stuff like ‘murderer’, they’re just morons. It’s a shame the Government doesn’t release a statement sticking up for the police, guardia civil and the military, it’s a bloody shame, because we’re always made out to be the bad guys, and the rest of them are always in the right, because of course, they have more rights than the security forces, and it doesn’t look like changing any time soon.

But I do think the media has a lot to do with peoples’ impressions of the police and the guardia civil, I’d like to see some news about how the police risk their lives, not just pictures portraying us as the bad guys all the time.

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 I had a similar experience a while ago, when a load of these ‘indignados’ came round near the barracks and were trying to gain entry so they could hang a banner saying you don’t need the army and that kind of stuff. They were insulting us as well, and the rest. At the end of the day these people are not ‘indignant’ they’re just morons if you ask me, the indignant ones are us police and security forces, every day.

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 This country is full of dickheads, jumping on the bandwaggon and they don’t even know what they’re fighting for. If the same thing happened to a Spaniard and he has to go the station to be i.d’ed there’d be no problem.

All full of themselves, then they want police presence in the streets so they’re safe.

The same thing yesterday, this time Local Police Officers who were humiliated, (insulted, shoved, spat at…) while they were trying to detain a drug dealer with a warrant out for his arrest for dealing to minors. See the whole news story here:

http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/1108952 … es/policia

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And while I’m at it, have a look at this article in ABC with an interview with the security guards from the metro who called the National Police, and who were very surprised and offended by the reaction of the local Lavapies residents, which made them give statements like ‘it looks like we can’t even do our jobs now, if it’s anything to do with Rubalcaba’s little friends, looks like we all have to go along with every demand of 15M now…’

http://www.abc.es/20110707/local-madrid … 71114.html

and it ‘aint going to change, because now they know we can’t touch them, and they’re taking the piss out of the police, we should come down on them like a ton of bricks next time, see if that stops them playing up

spot the difference - area controlled by CCTV cameras

Beware of the chickens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 8, 2011 by cockroach1

There are a few things I’m still struggling to come to terms with in this ‘new’ country. The strange feeling of fitted carpet underfoot. The return to full brain-function as the grey matter cools in my skull to a bearable temperature. Grey skies in Summer. Insipid coffee but great tea. Cakes. People being nice to you on the telephone, in shops and in restaurants. Recent supermarket visits have been spent marvelling at the tiny packets of aspirin, the teeny bottles of shampoo, the ready meals and household products and cosmetics carefully packaged for one. This, in the place of ‘family’ packs, litre bottles, gallons of bodymilk, conditioner and washing powder, which are the only option in Spain, a largesse that even extends, for some reason, to multitudinous packs of tampons. Here everything’s so small! Look at that, you can still buy just ten cigarettes. If there was anywhere left you could smoke them.

The whole country seems to have gone organic. Food fascism has become a new religion among the middle classes. While I am absolutely in favour of slow food, locally-grown produce and respecting the environment, people seem unable to distinguish the appropriate level of moral outrage between, say, child molesting, and non-organic vegetables. And luxury items for the home seem to have a rather roundabout way to them, which in Spain would be more cut and dried. You get the real thing, or you don’t get it. Rustic, slick, traditional, old, new or tacky, but little cross-over between them. But here, for example, in a local boutique: an expensive candle elaborately conceived and produced, that smells of woodsmoke. What a strange way to go round the houses in order to conjure up nostalgia. Why not just build a bonfire?

Television continues to enchant and mystify me. Every time I turn on the set there is another programme featuring insufferably smug estate agents (since when did they become feted celebrities?) showing even more insufferably smug couples round houses most Spaniards would consider palaces. With a budget of half a million, they tut and moan,

‘Oh no, I couldn’t possibly manage without three en-suite bedrooms. No utility room? Oh dear me, no. And I need a games room for the children. It…. it just feels a bit cramped, somehow, with only four bedrooms, and we did specify we wanted a bigger, open-plan kitchen with an Aga, it’s not quite right, no……’ And if they’re not considering buying houses, they’re doing them up (but this time it’s poorer people with terrible taste) or their neighbours are doing it up for them while they’re out, or a team of television people are doing the house up in 60 minutes, or a dodgy builder has done it up and made a mess, and now a celebrity is helping to do it up properly and put the damage right. The thought of my Spanish neighbours doing up my flat as a surprise while I am out brings me out in a cold sweat.

We can often come across in an unfavourable light, when compared with our Latin cousins. Take their pacifistic, hippyish ‘indignados’ who, during a protest motivated principally by politics and genuine social dialogue, dutifully removed stickers and posters from the shop windows around Sol, and cleaned up after themselves, offering Reiki and childcare facilities, the plaza festooned with slogans like ‘Warning, citizens thinking’ and ‘Lee mas’ (Read more). Compare this with our braindead Thatcher’s grandchildren, looting the country in an acquisitional fury, killing people in the process, setting about fire engines and ambulances, and afterwards justifying it with ‘Yeah, free stuff, innit?’ A friend who has a house on the market in East Dulwich told me about reports that the whole high street, just round the corner, had been looted and smashed up, every single shop…. Except Waterstones. Having said that, we are generally a nation in love with words and wordplay. Carved stone door-signs, in the same boutique offering woodsmoke candles, proclaim,

‘Any unattended children will be sold off as slaves’

‘No outfit complete without dog hairs’

‘Please remove your choos’, and

‘Beware of the chickens’.

Once the streetlights go out the sun shines

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2011 by cockroach1

And a few more sentiments expressed by the 15M protesters. Something has changed since the original movement. They’re back, but I am in the middle of a move and haven’t been keeping up with local news. Last night walking home along Calle Montera, the pavement cafes packed with drinkers, the prostitutes slouching in platform heels and crop tops in the doorways of sex shops, there were blue flashing lights like a halo around Sol. A wall of police vans blocked access into Sol from Calle Preciados. In front of them sat five youngsters, a man with a banner denouncing the Pope’s upcoming visit, and two hippies, in a half-hearted sit-in Nipping through and round the back towards Sevilla another wall of flashing, silent vans. Ten policemen standing in front of them. I peered past the bright whirling blue lights and into the plaza beyond, but there was no-one there. The yellow street lamps illuminated only patches of bare pavement. Sol lay deserted and closely guarded, the new cercanias entrance eerily-lit, like a curled, alien shell. Something ugly in the atmosphere now: we’re not joking, let’s not kid around any more. You’ve had your say, now go home quietly.

Here’s what the original kids from Sol had to say about it all:

This camp may block the street but it’s opening the way

Once the streetlights go out the sun shines

No more insults to my intelligence

Mafalda: See? This is the little stick for beating ideologies

I can hear you moaning at home, why don’t you come down to the street and make yourself heard?

It’s dangerous being right when the government is wrong

Economic slave for hire: 400 euros a month

Now Sol (the Sun) is ours, let’s try for the moon!

Danger! Citizens thinking

We’ll start from the beginning at kilometer zero

Now the revolution is blossoming, if we organise ourselves we shall see it bear fruit

Yes, we camp

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by cockroach1

More slogans and hand-written messages from the 15M protesters:

Democracy, I like you because it’s like you’re never there

Capitalism.exe has damaged the system


Raise spoilt little rich kids and you’ll end up with their crisis

This isn’t a crisis, it’s a rip-off

There isn’t enough bread for so much/many chorizo

Problems don’t roll up in a banana boat, they turn up in limousines

Yes, we camp

What do we want?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2011 by cockroach1

casa ocupas (squat) on Calle Meson de Paredes (now painted over and reclaimed)

For those of you who are still unclear what the ‘Indignados’, ‘Campaign for Real Democracy’ and the 15M protesters in Sol were actually protesting about, here is the transcript and translation of part of an email I received recently from a student and protester on the mailing list: 

25 slogans for a revolution. A selection of the slogans, phrases and placards which came up in the protests beginning 15th May, which most caught the attention/captured the imagination of the people.

1. “No somos antisistema, el sistema es anti-nosotros”

We’re not anti-establishment, the establishment is anti-us.

2. “Me sobra mes a final de sueldo”

I have quite a lot of month left over at the end of my salary.

3. “No hay pan para tanto chorizo”

There’s not enough bread to go round for so much chorizo/so many chorizos. (chorizo means ‘sausage’ and ‘thief’)


4. “¿Dónde está la izquierda? al fondo, de la derecha”.

Where’s the Left? At the bottom, on the Right.



5. “Si no nos dejáis soñar, no os dejaremos dormir”.

If you won’t let us dream, then we won’t let you sleep.



6. “Se alquila esclavo económico”

Economic slave for hire


7. “Se puede acampar para ver a Justin Bieber pero no para defender nuestros
derechos”

We can legally camp out to see Justin Beiber but not to defend our rights.


8. “Error 404: Democracia not found”

9. “Error de sistema. Reinicie, por favor”

Sistem error, please re-boot.


10. “Esto no es una cuestión de izquierda contra derechas, es de los de
abajo contra los de arriba”

This is not a question of left versus rights, it’s about those at the bottom against those at the top.



11. “Vivimos en un país donde licenciados están en paro, el presidente de
nuestro gobierno no sabe inglés…y la oposición tampoco”

We live in a country where graduates are on the dole, the president of our government doesn’t even speak English… and neither does the opposition.

12. “Mis sueños no caben en tus urnas”

My dreams don’t fit into your polling boxes.


13. “Políticos: somos vuestros jefes y os estamos haciendo un ERE”

Politicians – we are your bosses and we’re giving you the sack/making you redundant

(The ERE is a Spanish law which allows a company in crisis to seek the authorization to ‘suspend’ or sack employees, when there are ‘vaild’ economic, technical, or organisational reasons.)

14. “Nos mean y dicen que llueve! ”

They piss on us and tell us it’s raining!


15. “No falta el dinero. Sobran ladrones”

There isn’t a shortage of money, there’s an excess of thieves.


16. “¿Qué tal os va por España”?- Pues no nos podemos quejar. O sea, que
bien ¿no?- no, que no nos podemos quejar.”

So, how’s it going in Spain? Oh you know, can’t complain. So, not so bad, then? No, I mean we CAN’T complain.

17. “No es una crisis, es una estafa”

This isn’t a crisis, it’s a rip off

18. “No apagues la televisión… Podrías pensar”

Don’t switch off your television, you might start thinking.


19. “!!Tengo una carrera y como mortadela!!”

(Mortadella is a kind of luncheon meat, which is seen as ‘comida pobre’ (poor man’s food) made with pork, beef, sometimes horsemeat, and additives, probably the cultural equivalent of Spam, or living on McD’s.)

I have a degree and I’m living on Spam/McD’s

20. “Manos arriba, esto es un contrato”

Hands up, this is a contract!


21. “Ni cara A, ni cara B, queremos cambiar de disco”

We don’t want the A-side or the B-side, we want to change records.


22. “Rebeldes sin casa”

Rebels without a house.



23. “Democracia, me gustas porque estás como ausente”

Democracy, I like you because it’s like you’re never here…’


24. “Nosotros buscamos razones, ellos victorias”

We’re looking for answers/reasons, they’re looking for victories.


25. “Cuando los de abajo se mueven, los de arriba se tambalean”

When the ones at the bottom start shaking it, the ones at the top teeter.