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THE MAY 15 MOVEMENT IN SPAIN. Presentation to Hobart Branch , July 28, 2011. Wellsprings of 15-M. The retreat of the official union movement (CC. OO. And UGT) September general strike, and debate over result Weakness of other union groupings (CGT, CNT, others)

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THE MAY 15 MOVEMENT IN SPAIN

Presentationto Hobart Branch, July 28, 2011


Wellsprings of 15-M

  • The retreat of the official union movement (CC. OO. And UGT)

    • September general strike, and debate over result

  • Weakness of other union groupings (CGT, CNT, others)

  • Situation of party (old, institutional) left

    • PSOE administrations federal and state (autonomous communities)

    • United Left (Izquierda Unida), Initiatiative for Catalonia-Greens—United and Alternative Left (ICV-EUiA), Galician Nacionalist Bloc (BNG), Basque nationalist left


  • The social mood

    • Collapse of the Spanish housing bubble and its impacts

      • 1 million empty homes

      • Youth unemployment (43%), how informal sector works,

  • The disillusionment with the Zapatero government—we didn’t vote for this

  • Kid-gloves treatment of finance sector

  • Brussels and Berlin

  • What future for a generation?

  • Miserable welfare system (determined by rich, capital, paying peanuts)

  • Domestic violence, destruction of environment

  • Political class, corruption (partitocracy, party financing). Institutional chaos (3.2 million outstanding court cases)

  • Black humour (Jueves), Botín

  • Economic crisis and unresolved tasks of Spanish democracy-second transition. Civil War dead


  • Madrid, june 19, ‘violence is earning €600 a month’


    Themovementsbehind 15-M

    Anonymous

    Franco isnotdead


    Themovementsbehind 15-M

    Youthwithout a future

    • ¡#NoLesVotes(“Don’t vote forthem)

      Stateof Malaise

      Real DemocracyNow!


    15-M best-sellers


    Outraged!


    Thecamps and theirorganisation

    • How Puerta de Sol began

    • Spread of the camps

    • Decision-making methods, commisions, rotation of conveners, spokespeople


    Puerta del sol, may 16


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