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#SPANISH REVOLUTION
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Alejandro Anuncibay
01.06.2011

IndexIntroduction...................................................................................................page 3-5

Demands.........................................................................................................page 6

Manifest..........................................................................................................page 7

1. Introduction.
#Spanish revolution, as is known (with the number sign #) was born in the socialnetwork Twitter. This was an ‘hastag’ (in Twitter, it is called ‘hastag’ to all the words written with the number sign (#) before them) which started due to the social call that was made before the regional elections that took place in Spain on 15th May (#15M as is known nowadays). The first purpose of the #15M was to take the streets to protest against the actual social, economy and politicsituation of Spain, looking for a ‘Real Democracy Now’ (the main slogan of the revolution).

#15M became very popular in all the social network, getting a result way much better than the excepted one: demonstrations in all the cities of Spain. Young and old people, men and women, unemployed and employed people... everybody asking for the same, a ‘Real Democracy Now’. Those demonstrations were just thebeginning, because, the same day, in Madrid, the main city of Spain, some people decided to camp in one of the most famous squares of the city, ‘Plaza de la puerta del Sol’ (in Spanish), but during the same night, the government decide to vacate all those people. Its decision was worse than they never could imagine: the next day were organized some other camps everywhere with an incredible resultin the country, until the point that still today there are camps in almost all the cities of Spain.
Camps have become in small cities in its self. In the biggest (Madrid or Barcelona) there is one library, one kinder garden, cleaning service... etc.
The first intention from the people who decide started the camps were stay until 15th May (the election days), but due to the big success, they arestill dealing the deadline of its camps.
This social movement were decreasing the importance and relevance while the days were over, but one deplorable action made by the police in Barcelona, got that this camps become even more popular. It was on 27th May, when the police in Barcelona came to the square where the people where still sleeping (6 a.m.) and they communicate them that they had tovacate the square for some hours because the cleaning service of the city had to ‘clean’ the square.
Demonstrators were not agree with that decision (remember that all the squares have its own cleaning service that keep in good conditions the camps), so they decide to sit down in the floor and resist peacefully. After some minutes, the police started to used the violence and finally the cleaningservice could access to the square and they started to clean up everything potentially dangerous looking for the day after in a possible victory of F.C. Barcelona in the Champions League Championship (because that square is where people usually goes to celebrate the victories of F.C. Barcelona, the football team). Something potentially dangerous means all the basic things that the camp had:butane gas cylinder, tents, laptops, speakers... well, after that everybody saw clearly that the purpose was not to clean, just to vacate the square, so they decide immediately to sit down in the road to avoid the garbage truck goes away with its belongings. It is true than some people puncture some of the truck wheel, but the police started again to used the violence in such a out of proportion way...
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