en Catalá abaix. A week after blocking open the Metro doors for an hour in the main Catalonia Square, the ‘Platform # NoPaguem’ returned to action. This time, in the packed Diagonal station. A few minutes after 8 in the evening, dozens of people came down to the station to the entrance to Paseo de Gracia and opens the door repeating a simple but effective “opening doors and keeping them blocked open “
Some people wore face masks depiucting Mayor Xavier Trias, ironically denouncing the increase in public transport fares, by one who gets a stratospheric salary.
On either side of the lobby, dozens of people displayed posters and banners demanding two public transport at affordable prices, as well as reporting their cuts and adjustments’ as macro-economic causes of these increases and, in general, the increased cost of living.Continue reading
Inside the Greek (and Spanish) parallel economy: glimpses of Social Revolution…
Quiet, unassuming social revolution is often the successful step-sibling of the more confrontational (often failing) variety. Across the southern rim of Europe, where austerity and insurrection goes hand-in-hand, parallel economies are taking over daily life, particularly in Spain and Greece.
Here we focus on what is happening in one part of Greece, in the town of Volos, and also provide a reprise on what is happening with the parallel economy in Spain generally. Take Volos: in the market no customers are carrying money – they have none.
But they are buying food and other essentials – not on credit, but via their own currency. With this currency they buy clothes, electrical appliances and foodstuffs. People are happy. They help each other. In a strange way, this is utopia.
And all this in a country that has a failed economy and is the butt of jokes across (northern) Europe. So who’s laughing now? Continue reading
A group of ‘outraged’ expropriates food at a supermarket in Barcelona to distribute to needy
They fill a basket with food staples to give to the needy, as explained.
A group of about twenty ‘outraged’ has assaulted this morning a Mercadona supermarket in Cubelles (Barcelona) to take food and basic necessities, they said, pass out to people in need in the population.
As reported by one of the responsible for the supermarket, about twenty people have gone about 10.45 am to the hypermarket, next to the thermal Cubelles, a town south of Barcelona, and have filled a cart for various products.