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Democracia Real Ya: Five Reasons to Take The Streets

Posted 12 years ago on April 16, 2012, 10:37 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt


The following was translated from Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now) Barcelona, a Spanish protest movement that helped inspire #OWS. While some things are specific to Spain/Europe, they echo our reasons for taking the streets on the May 1st General Strike here in North America and beyond. For more about Democracia Real Ya and the upcoming #12M15 global days of action in English and other languages, see here.

We will take to the streets on May 12th in a creative, nonviolent popular demonstration to continue working toward a May 15th in defense of the people!

On May 15th, 2011, millions began a process of social change, delivering a clear and unequivocal signal that we are not commodities in the hands of politicians and bankers, and stating publicly that our current representative democracy is dying. The political class and the powerful have not gotten the message. Despite the growing protests and cries of distress from the 99%, these elites are exploiting the crisis to plunder the common wealth and endangering the lives of the people.

Capitalism has decided to cancel democracy and bankers now rule us. Clearly, this 1% of the population is legalized crime in power. The party system lead us to this disaster and now the 99% must take the reins of our own destiny. We demand a new constitutional power to regain the sovereignty that belongs to us. Therefore, this 12th and 15th of May, after a year of unanswered protest, we will return to the streets with a majority calling for a consumer strike and urging more legitimate demands and protests everywhere.

Some of us have organized and are building alternatives and solutions with our own hands, but in the face of repression and blockades imposed on us by the state, who are jeopardizing the integrity of the people with inhumane measures, we are forced to demand our basic needs for survival. Thus, in order to ensure the 99%'s right to exist, we demand:

  1. Not one more euro to rescue banks. We demand a citizens' debt audit. We will not pay illegitimate debt created by those who caused the crisis.

  2. Free and quality education and health care. Do not cut public spending or privatize public services.

  3. Fair distribution of labor, living wages, and an end to precarious labor. No retirement at 67 and withdrawal of the Labor Reform.

  4. Guaranteed right of access to decent housing. Retroactive foreclosure foregiveness. Social rental housing. Promotion of housing cooperatives.

  5. Tax reform that allows a fair distribution of the wealth we collectively produce. Universal basic income for all people.



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[-] 6 points by rayl (1007) 12 years ago

yes, yes, yes!!!

[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

iVivan Los Indignados!

Consider : "Iceland's President Explains Why The World Needs To Rethink Its Addiction To Finance" - '“If you want your economy to excel in the 21st century ... a big banking sector, even a very successful banking sector, is bad news. You could even argue that the bigger the banking sector is, the worse the news is for your economy... Europe is and should be more about democracy than about financial markets. Based with this choice, it was in the end, clear that I had to choose democracy.” (from Business Insider) by Adam Taylor : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31089.htm .

We need to 'Enlightenup' and ask what ever happened to "Government OF The People ; BY The People ; FOR The People" and the concept of "Democracy" ?!!!

Where does all this "money" stuff really come from ?!!

Who issues and decides how much of it there is ?!


ipsa scientia potestas est ...

[-] 4 points by Odin (583) 12 years ago

That was news to me, and really interesting. I wonder if our huge financial sector has anything to do with once thriving cities like Detroit and Gary, Indianna now looking like they have been bombed out. Hmmm? Used to be..I was reluctant to tell people of my Nordic heritage...not so much anymore. ;-) The best part about learning from you shadz is the lack of tuition! Here is your reward though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JcmNAwEXLg

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

Thanx for a spectacular video and pertinent to this thread, I sincerely offer the following to you and all :

The 'Demoblican - Repbulocrat' ; Faux Choice ; Binary Construct of The 'Two Factions - One Imperial WAR Party System', paradigm will simply continue ad nauseum UNLESS folk "man up" ; wake up and see through the veil of the demoCRAZY deMOCKERYcy that is at play in The U$A !!!

Anyone who really believes in Democracy needs to see past November and look beyond the 'election cycle' into the future otherwise the slide into Overt Fascism is inevitable !!

I'll have "the guts" to "get hands dirty" IF you "man up and make a choice" to watch this deeply disturbing yet extremely important and essential documentary film !

Thus please strap in and try to set an hour of time aside for :

The film is viewable on 'YouTube' in six parts.


fiat lux et veritas vos liberabit ...

[-] 3 points by Odin (583) 12 years ago

As much as my replies are sometimes light and flippant...I have a real good idea of what is at stake, so I'll man up.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

LOL !!! I copied it from a reply to 'factsrfun' on another thread !! You are berzerk enough already, mate !

Very crazy and important video though and I sincerely recommend it.

pax et lux ...

[-] 2 points by Odin (583) 12 years ago

Thanks..i think...yes I am happy my critical thinking skills are alive and well. "Bezerk" is a much better word though. I will watch that in a few mins. I'm watching a PBS show about fingerprinting, and how unreliable they really are. Im sending for some Swedish salutations, so get ready. :-)

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 12 years ago

Hej Hej !!! That documentary that you're watching will dovetail well with "M, S & V L" above !! Stay well and aware ! pax ...

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 12 years ago

I'm sure they will. It was interesting though, and I did call my public defender daughter in Alaska up to let her know about this and other related evidence that is really unreliable. She already knew though as she is much smarter than me. The doc did not cover how experts are often swayed by the prosecution who call on the ones who are... who side with them the most....the most corrpt, the most often. More important than that doc is the trailer they were promoting at the end of it. SEE the new thread I just put up as a public service. Give all your like points to bw though, as I am trying to piss her off. :-)

[-] 0 points by Reneye (118) 12 years ago

The third eye is the pineal gland as you know. You know what destroys the pineal gland? Flouride. Now why would the elite want to keep our higher consciousness on a short leash? Hmmm.

Can you believe, some people are so indoctrinated by the elite MSM that they think flouride is actually a "vitamin" that we need !?!?! Unbelievable!

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 12 years ago

Can you point me to some links about flourine and the effects on the pineal gland?

It is unbelievable that a byproduct of the aluminium industy can be foisted upon the populace simply because it can't be contained, even in high quality stainless steel canisters.

It used to be used as rat poison, but it has a half life of many thousands of years, so the boffins decided it needed to be watered down somewhat before it could be released.

[-] 0 points by Reneye (118) 12 years ago

Sure can mate! The biggest problem is that flouride calcifies the pineal gland. We need the pineal gland for many things as you'll see below, but the pineal gland is also responsible for higher realm thinking, if it becomes calcified, in this case, 'generations of people', we more or less stop evolving as a species and become essentially zombie like and just...exist. Now who would be trying to hold us back from evolving? Perhaps a class of people who need a stupid enslaved population???? Just sayin'.


My favorite is Dr. Mercola who is much respected.


Fluroide: Friend or Foe? By Devid De Santo (www.lewrockwell.com)

Germans and Russians Used Fluoride to Make Prisoners Stupid and Docile, by Devvy Kidd (www.newswithviews.com)

Fluoride Accumulates in the Pineal Gland, by Sepp Hasslberger of Health Supreme (www.newmediaexplorer.org)

Transcribed interview of journalist Christopher Bryson: The Fluoride Deception: How a Nuclear Waste Byproduct Made Its Way Into the Nation's Drinking Water http://www.democracynow.org/2004/6/17/the_fluoride_deception_how_a_nu...

Article by Ingrid Nairman highlighting Mayan lecture in Santa Fe, NM by Carlos Barrios ingridnaiman.com/subscription_lists/email_index.html.

The Pineal Gland: Interface Between the Spiritual and Physical Planes? (http://circleof13.blogspot.com)

The Fluoride Debate - (www.fluoridedebate.com)

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026364_fluoride_pineal_gland_sodium.html#ixzz1td7ltK2T

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 12 years ago

Thanks Reneye. Lots of reading there for me.

[-] 4 points by Yin7 (44) 12 years ago

Hooray to May! I can't wait.


[-] 2 points by factsrfun (8310) from Phoenix, AZ 12 years ago

Number one applies in the US more than ever, "we" don't owe the 15 trillion in debt, the wealthy who sent the guys to Washington, to borrow it do, thinking that they would own this country forever, but we could stop that, by just making them pay their own damn bill.

[-] 2 points by jimevanhoe1 (55) 12 years ago

IT is time to throw out the Trash: Goldman-Sachs & the Bush Family

IT is time to throw out Our Corrupt Governments in the USA,

Spain, and around the Globe, who hide the facts and continue to destroy all our economies.

IT is time to prosecute Bush Sr for War Crimes in Panama killing 4,000 civilian through an illegal invasion, which was to hide his involvement in money laundering South American Drug Cartel funds through banks....such as HSBC.....capture Noriega and keep him quiet.

to prosecute Bush Jr for War Crimes in Iraq the killing of 600,000 to 1,000,000 civilians an illegal invasion of a Country that was doing absolutely nothing to its neighbors or to the USA for more than 10 yrs.....

to prosecute Bush Sr and Bank HSBC for setting up global money laundering operations and thus allowing Drug Cartels to destroy Our neighborhoods, starting back when he was CIA Director running to the present..................and

Now Petaerus is doing the same thing at the CIA with Afghan Heron.
being shipped into India and across the Globe........Afghanistan now the largest Heron Supplier in World.......thanks to the US Military Leader Patearus.

Time to prosecute them and put them all to death, for destroying our families, our homes, our children's futures, for global drug terrorism.

Documented by John Cruz former Bank Executive and author of "World Banking World Fraud" ; and the employees in Panamanian Banks since Noriega times............learn the facts today.........

Economic terrorism on a global scale: By Goldman-Sachs and the Bush Family.............both international criminal financial terrorists.

Documented by "Rollingstone" magazine author Matt Taibbi and former Goldman executive Nomi Prins read their articles and books

IT is time to convict and imprison Wall Street Executives: GS CEO Blankfein for the Economic Collapse of 2008

and former GS executive Henry Paulson for the Economic Collapse of 2000

IT is time to bring down Public Corruption and the Bush Family for Good!

They are the terrorists, they are the criminals, they must be put to death for their crimes.


[-] 2 points by mserfas (652) from Ashland, PA 12 years ago

See Nature News about Spain's 25% cut of funding for scientific research. http://www.nature.com/news/spanish-changes-are-scientific-suicide-1.10027

[-] 2 points by Javis (35) 12 years ago

You forgot the power to create money to be transferred from the banks to the government :/

[-] 2 points by truchungfu (4) from Altoona, PA 12 years ago

Communism (Lat. communis - common, universal) is a revolutionary socialist movement to create a classless, moneyless, and stateless social order structured upon common ownership of the means of production, as well as a social, political and economic ideology that aims at the establishment of this social order.


[-] 1 points by jimevanhoe1 (55) 12 years ago

Letter To: “The People’s Republic of China” Ambassador Zhang Yesui

Over many years I have followed the progress of the Chinese People. From the age of 14 when Anthropologist Margaret Mead, in 1964 spoke at my school on China,and again when my twin Brother, Jack Donald Evanhoe, married Edgar Snow’s niece, Kathleen Ely, of Stockton, California. Snow the author and friend to Zhou Enlai.

That said, I am informing the Ambassador, Sir on the following matters.

Over the Ten War in Afghanistan, the Country of Afghanistan has been lead by a family that is directly involved in the Heron Drug Trade. It has come to my-our attention that large quantities of Afghan Heron or being shipped and have been intercepted by the India authorities.
References: Books by Margaret Mead, Reissued with New Introductions for the ... www.interculturalstudies.org/Mead/book-descriptions. First published in 1964. Edgar Snow: www.answers.com › Library › Biographies Edgar Snow An American journalist and author, Edgar Snow (1905-1972) ... Snow trekked across China, ... in 1937 of his book "Red Star Over China" Snow reputation of interviews with Chairman Mao and Premier Chou En-lai, to honor Edgar Snow, his remains are buried on the campus of Peking University. Heroin - Havocscope Black Market www.havocscope.com/heroin/ Apr 2, 2012 – Data on the trafficking of opium and the prices of heroin worldwide. ...Source: Amie Ferris-Rotman, “Lifting the veil on Afghanistan's female addicts,” Reuters,April 1, 2012. ... State officials in the India state of Punjab estimate that over 50 ...strives to beat the Taliban trap,” Google News, February 27, 2012.

It is also known that over the last 10 years the Heron Crop in Afghanistan is now the largest in World.
It is also known that General Petraeus now the Head of the CIA was documented in talks with Drug Lords in Afghanistan.
It is also known that NATO and American Forces control the skies over Afghanistan so shipments of Heron over the 10 years time frame are absolutely known, whether by land or by air.
It is also known that the billions of dollars from Heron sells has to have gone into Global Bank accounts through the Bank known as HSBC.

Through eyewitness accounts by Panamanian Bankers and their employees in the 1990’s to present day, they state George HW Bush former CIA Director and President setup Money Laundering Operations for Central and South American Drug Cartels through Panamanian Banks. That his illegal invasion of Panama and Capture of Noriega was done only to keep Noriega quiet. That since this time the Bush Family and Rev. Moon of Korea, a known South East Asian Drug Cartel member, have Invested in Projects and Properties, such as those in South America. With the direct connection of Petraeus to the Bush Family, and the Political Line from Head of the CIA to the Presidency by GHW Bush and that Family’s prospective to continue this.
Note: That will never happen again!!! I-We are very concerned that Petraeus using the CIA as did GHW Bush, & the Bush Family, will launder money from Afghan Heron Operations. Their percentage in kickbacks for the 100’s of billions dollars laundered, will be used to destabilize other regions around the Globe. As they have done this in the past. They could and most likely are undermining India and China Societies with Heron from Afghanistan. How to Stop it, Once and For All: USA Corporations have made huge investments in China and India and have gained huge cash flows and profits. Together we will demand that it be stopped, the Heron Trade from Afghanistan, once and for all. It should have been stopped years ago. Why wasn’t it! Follow the money! The pay offs and money laundering! All of it is International and National Criminal Racketeering. ..

[-] 1 points by jimevanhoe1 (55) 12 years ago

Do Not Count on Congress ........... it has criminally failed:

...................It is called Criminal Negligence....................

Pelosi and Reid had the ability to know....their passive negligence is criminal.........their failures historical........


1 Destroyed the Glass-Seagall Act.....which protected our economy

then It destroyed and opened up our financial system to allow CDS ...Credit Default Swaps....gambling and then let it get out of control

2 It allowed the bailout of the same Corporations that destroyed our economy......the Global Economy of the Western World


1 All financial markets such as the National Real Estate Market have historical charts............Fact

2 Over 50 yrs of Real Estate History---Charts when sub-prime loans-mortgages reach more than 15% of any quarter's market (3 months).....it is the absolute sign......the Market will Crash.....

3 it showed this in the Real Estate Collapse of Bush Sr. in 1988,89,90,91..........exactly the same.

4 Goldman-Sachs absolutely knew the CDS, Real Estate Markets were going to collapse as early as 2006, from reports out of California.

5 Everyone: Goldman, AIG, Lehman Bros, the Federal Reserve (Greenspan and the rest), the Bush Jr administration knew.....

6 Audit their personal holdings, real estate, goldman-sachs stock, etc....they knew.....

7 just ask Dan Cook the III ....

what he did......Dick Cheney's best Jackson Hole Wyoming & Texas buddy.........Cook an executive and partner at Goldman-Sachs.... he is just one of many top executives (former or present) at Goldman-Sachs...who dumped a majority of their stock ...they knew....they absolutely knew....

Obama has done nothing to convict any of them.....Fact!

The FBI has done nothing to convict any of them....Fact!

The US Attorney General...Holder...has done nothing to convict any of them...................................................................Fact!

The S.E.C. has done nothing to convict.................Fact!

They committed>>>>>Criminal Negligence...........Fact!

We are living in a very Corrupt Country with a very Corrupt Government! And the World knows it!

IT is time to throw out the Trash!

[-] 0 points by Odin (583) 12 years ago

Yes, you have educated yourself well. Now it's time for us all to start spreading the word.

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 12 years ago

Retroactive foreclosure forgiveness is a good idea, although in the US, if the home has been resold, it's problematic (if by forgiveness we mean getting your home back, and not simply financial remuneration). Maybe we can make these people whole again e.g. if their home was resold, create a mechanism that puts them in another home. Anyway, there's a variety of ways this could be done (requires a good amount of thinking), but we should find a way to do something like this.

[-] 1 points by pagescster (10) 12 years ago

What about people who moved out of the home getting foreclosed on? I bought a house in RI in 2005, but moved to CA in 2008. I am still getting screwed over, even though I don't live in the house. Moreso because at least if I lived in the house I would qualify for a gov't modification program.

My house is way underwater and my rental income is not covering the mortgage and expenses. I would gladly pay the net income plus an extra $200/month to my lender (even though this is still more than the house is worth anymore) - but my lender has no incentive to do that.

[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 12 years ago

We could certainly do something like what Iceland is doing (and this would help "all" homeowners).

[-] 1 points by truchungfu (4) from Altoona, PA 12 years ago

This is a very communist demand, by definition.

[-] 2 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 12 years ago

Communism is a stateless society where there is no central ruling government. Nothing is said about a revolution to change the political structure.

In a true capitalist society, there would not have been money to rescue banks.... this is corporatism.

Free and quality education and healthcare is socialistic, but not socialism. One would think that a properly educated an healthy society would be a good thing.

Fair distribution of labor, living wages, and an end to precarious labor... addresses the flaws in basic capitalism where, like in the game of Monopoly, there is one winner and everyone else goes bankrupt.

Tax reform is something everyone recognizes... including the Tea Party.

So, where is the Communism?

[-] 0 points by Zombiefighter (-16) from Ione, CA 12 years ago

"Fair distribution of labor"?

[-] 2 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 12 years ago

Is that a foreign concept? A person used to be able to work locally, raise a family, have them grow up in a neighborhood, and attend schools, live in the same community long term. Grow and establish roots.

That's no longer possible. The average time at a job is now around 5 years, and moving to different states chasing work is the norm. People have to migrate to find meaningful employment. There are no hometown roots, no sense of community. Just moving from one local boom economy to another because of the distribution of labor opportunities.

[-] 0 points by Zombiefighter (-16) from Ione, CA 12 years ago

So the government is supposed to control this " fair distribution of labor"? What if an individual doesn't want to be chained to the same place for their entire life?

[-] 0 points by geo (2638) from Concord, NC 12 years ago

No one has ever stopped people from migrating for work in this country in recent times.


[-] 0 points by lonespectator (106) 12 years ago

I try not to be negative on this site, having constantly advocated for the movement to leave NYC because OWS is and was a joke. I have continually supported in person our continued occupation of the White House and Congress. But you fools continue to make the same childish immature demands that lost you national attention and turned you into a dirty pitiful mob. Straight up; You are a joke!! Come to OWH and do something real. Leave your Lala land of New York and come take back the country by occupying the White House Now!! We are here. Come join us!!




[-] 0 points by truchungfu (4) from Altoona, PA 12 years ago

The social revolution originally envisioned by Marx and Engels would begin with a proletariat dictatorship. Once in possession of the means of production, the dictatorship would devise the means for society to achieve the communal ownership of wealth. Once the transitional period had stabilized the state, the purest form of communism would take shape. Communism in its purest form would be a classless societal system in which property and wealth were distributed equally and without the need for a coercive government. This last stage of Marxian communism has as of the early 2000s never been realized in any government.

[-] 3 points by rayl (1007) 12 years ago

you're way out there dude! we're not interested in marx or engels, we just want to control our lives, not let some corporation or bank do it. do you feel threatened by this?

[-] 0 points by truchungfu (4) from Altoona, PA 12 years ago

It's not the bank or the corporation controlling you as much as it is this government of elected idiots. Rock the vote...

Threatened? Not even remotely...

[-] 1 points by rayl (1007) 12 years ago

it is the money from the banks and corporations that is unfairly influencing the government which then is exerting it's control over the country.