1. Barcelona rises up against Public Transport luxury prices
1. BARCELONA RISES UP AGAINST PUBLIC TRANSPORT LUXURY PRICES
From January 2014, Barcelona’s public transport price has increased again . Travelling by public transport in Barcelona today costs 71% more than ten years ago. The fare of the two most used travel cards - the T-10 (ten tickets) and the 30/50 (fifty ticket in thirty days, a kind of worker’s ticket) – have increased 5,10% and 8,4% respectively. A comparision between salary and a one-way city’s travel ticket cost in several cities around the world shows that Barcelona has the lowest salary and the highest ticket price, becoming a luxury -as in the Catalan TV sketch. Continue reading
Tag Archive: Barcelona
How a local police force proudly learns the latest murder and torture techniques in Israel
from 15Mbcn TV with thanks http://www.acampadadebarcelona.org/
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Porque no hay otra solución.. a la Revolución Social !
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Collapsing Capitalism: Global Revolution is NOW (thefreeonline.wordpress.com)
by Feministes 30 Jan 2014
** NO STEPS BACKWARDS REGARDING SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM!!! **
Everyone let’s participate in the Week to Defend Abortion Rights ..(February 1st -7th)
There’s a lot of us, and we’ve run out of patience….
There’s a lot of us and we know for sure that we won’t just watch how they
try to make us go back to the darkest years of our more recent herstory.
Creative, empowered, persistent and self-organized, our capacity to fight
back against the PP (Partido Popular) politicians of the Central
Government is enough, and we know it. They are divided and discussing if
they shuld move forward with the law proposal or not. Continue reading →
Anti-Fascist communique on latest repression
1. Would you like a future? Grab hold of your present
“Are you tired of the usual present? Can’t you see any alternative to the usual shitty present? Are you looking for a unique, cheap, funny and positive gift? perfect for anybody of any age? Enough is enough! Don’t make your life sour. Give them your energy and your excitement. Give them opportunities, safety, health care and education. The most wanted gift this year at Christmas. Do you want a future? Grab hold of your present!” Continue reading →
Last week the Spanish authorities backed down rapidly as a violent neighbourhood campaign against yuppification suddenly spread across the State. Suddenly popular resistance is on the menu with the hitherto pacifist 15M movement calling dozens of demos. Now there is a lull with hopes that many cities will take up their greievances and fight the coming police state legislation , here and across Europe.
Who would have thought that a relatively conservative city like Burgos, Spain would have detonated a string of spontaneous and massive protest across the country? Over the past four days, social media networks across the globe have exploded with the hashtag #Gamonal and #EfectoGamonal, virilizing this small town’s struggle against rising property prices and corrupt municipal dealings to international attention, and along the way reawaken national indignation that has been simmering in Spain for years. Continue reading →
Marina Ginestà: beyond the famous Hans Gutmann photo.
January 12, 2014 by Felix Población translation by The Free
Ginestà Marina , a true icon of Republican resistance against Franco during the War of Spain thanks to a photograph of Hans Gutmann ( Juan Guzman ) on the roof of the Hotel Colon Barcelona in 1936 , has died in Paris at age 94 . Ginestà died in a hospital in the French capital , the city where she had lived over the past 40 years. Continue reading →
by Carlos Delclós on December 20, 2013
The Movement of Mortgage Victims is one of Spain’s strongest movements. Carlos Delclós talks to PAH organizer Elvi Mármol about the key to their success.
The story of Spain’s economic, social and political crisis is one about property, need and value. And at the heart of that story lies a question that is familiar to the point of cliché: what makes a house a home? Continue reading →
Thirty people on hunger strike in the Aliens Internment Prison in Barcelona reported another version in relation to the death of an Armenian citizen
About 30 inmates of the Aliens Internment Prison (CIE ) in Barcelona have begun a hunger strike to denounce the events that occurred the morning of December 3 , which ended with the death of a citizen of Armenian origin. Manukyan Aramis , but his friends and acquaintances called him Alik . He was 32 years old, had a daughter of seven years and had spent 12 days in the internal CIE Zona Franca . He died alone in an isolation cell. Continue reading →
Dec 05, 2013 12:05 pm
1. Let’s disobey! Together we can!
2. Ateneu la Sèquia: denouncing injustices and building alternatives
3. The truth is the best propaganda. Livestreaming workshop
1. LET’S DISOBEY! TOGETHER WE CAN!
Juntes Podem (catalan for Together We Can!) is the name of a working group born while preparing the demonstration of last February 23th, in Barcelona (see NL#40, 1) It brought together many groups, platforms, collectives and assemblies to increase strength by sharing information and strategies. Each entity meets separately and they have three comissions: contents, comunication and actions/strategy. They participate in comissions of general assembly as individuals and as groups. Continue reading →
1. When police in a “democratic” country kill a citizen
2. Anonymous leaks documents proving that catalan govt. is spying activists
3.La flor de Maig (1896-2013): 117 years of resistence under threat of eviction
1. WHEN POLICE IN A “DEMOCRATIC” COUNTRY KILL CITIZENS
Thursday 14th Nov saw pickets and a 1000 strong march against police violence in Barcelona, joining the spot where JuanAndrés was killed and where Ester Quintana lost her eye. Also in the Nou Barris area crowds of people have twice prevented the Catalaan police making arrests amid cries of ‘Murderers’.
On October 5 two residents of Raval, Barcelona’s popular downtown neighborhood had an argument which ended up in a fight. Once it was all over, several mossos d’esquadra (the infamous Catalan police) arrived and one of them – Juan Andrés Benitez – refused to show his ID. They cornered him and pushed him to the floor, brutally beating him, ignoring his shouts of pain. Passers-by and neighbours trying to stop them or even shouting at the police were forced to leave by cops branding batons Juan Andrés died the following day.
The autopsy revealed that he had died due to multiple traumas in the cranium-facial area. Furthermore, the forensic examination showed that his teeth, cheekbone, nose and eyebrows bones were broken. He had suffered injuries to his lips, bruises to his head and to the top-right part of his face as well as a fracture on the right metacarpal. He also had injuries in his arms, legs, knees and lower back.
Juan Andrés was the owner of two shops in the Eixample neighboorhod and one of the founders of the Associació catalana d’empreses per a gais i lesbianes (Catalan association of enterprises for gays and lesbians), which had made him a well known among Eixample neighbours.
Not only his friends, relatives and neighbours claimed for justice. The reaction extended to all astonished and outraged citizens of Barcelona and social activists such as Rereguarda (NL#18, 1) who demanded Juan Andres’ killers to be punished. A website was created immediately in order to spread this news and to look for witnesses and evidence which would prove that it wasn’ t just an assasination but also a serious attempt against the rights and safety of individuals within the Spanish democracy.
Despite the police’s attempt to get rid of witnesses and photos, videos that neigbours had shot form their balconies came out as a clear proof. Even after everyone had seen how up to 11 mossos had beaten Juan Andrés, the mossos kept declaring that Juan Andrés had died of some random cause, unrelated to the police´s intervention. The Catalan councillor responsible for the police Ramon Espadaler, and the Mosso’s Director Manel Prat systematically denied any ill doing by these policemen and questioned the results of the Spanish National Police force’s investigation of this subject. Finally, 8 policemen were charged with crime against life, moral and physical integrity, coercion and obstruction to justice, and are called to testify on November 13th. These mossos have been suspended temporally from duty.
The Raval neighborhood is well-known in Barcelona for its police violence in the streets.This situation is constantly denounced by residents, immigrants, gay and lesbian communities and prostitutes (NL#10, 1 ). Raval is now – following this scandalous incident – more active than ever with increasing numbers of demonstrations, protests, assemblies and public talks, including an escrache protest under the motto : el barri parla, tu callas (the neighborhood talks, you keep silent in Catalan) (NL#42, 2 ) accusing and holding the councilor for Raval, Mercè Homs, accountable for Juan Andrés´ death.
Meanwhile, though citizens and certain political parties are demanding the dismissal or resignment of both Espadaler and Prat for not treating this death with the seriousness required, they are both protected by the ruling party and changes in the police modelin Catalonia seem hard to achieve.
Investigation opened after man dies in custody of Catalan police force [EN]
Videos capture violent arrest that ended in death of suspect [EN]
Police brutality video angers Barcelona [EN]
The judge sees homicide in the death of the business owner restrained by the mossos [SP]
Witnesses say that the mossos beat the Raval’s neighbour without having been attacked [SP]
Eight cops have been charged for the death at Raval [SP]
Department of Internal Affairs suspends the eight mossos charged for the “Raval Case” [SP]
Video & Pictures
Catalan Police kills a man for no reason in Barcelona [EN]
Raval death (summary of what happened that night by @15mbcn_tv) [CAT]
Mossos hit Juan Andrés until death - video proof
Demo at Raval #RavalDiuProu (Raval say: enough!) – Streaming by @okokitsme
#EscracheHoms photogallery by @fotomovimiento
#MossosAssasins #ProuImpunitat #ElRavalDiuProu #JusticiaJuanAndres #MortXMossos #RespostesEspadaler
2. ANONYMOUS LEAKS DOCUMENTS PROVING THAT CATALAN GOVT. IS SPYING ACTIVISTS
On October 28, Anonymous leaked documents proving that the Centre de Seguretat de la Informació de Catalunya (Cesicat) (Center of information and security of Catalunya), an agency that depends on the Generalitat (Catalan Government) and protects “computer security”, was monitoring the twitter activity of activists linked to Catalan social movements. On October 31st more documents were leaked, showing more dangerous tracking activities.
On the first leak no hidden or secret activities are reported on documents. What was shown in them were just simple and poor statistical reports based on the influence of many activists´ twitter accounts of activists and their tweets during specific actions, such as the protest camp in front of Bank La Caixa (NL#21, 3 ), the occupations of Universities, the first anniversary of the 15-M (NL#45, 1 ) etc,. Also, videos and pictures of some significant tweets, the most used hashtags and the name of the first user were reoported.
The second leak of docs added assignments for Cesicat to investigate specific profiles and ideologies. Complete reports on specific activists were listed as pending tasks, identification of activists using collective accounts was ongoing and there was a 7-page report on photojournalist and activist Jordi Borras (@jordiborras) including home address, phone and camera models he uses. This last leak was specially worrying as he is being chasen and threatened by Spanish neonazis due to his photos of their concentrations, and there were versions shared without covering up this vital info.
Since the leaking of the information, a big wave of protest raised throughout activists in the social networks. A few hours after the leak, a parody twitter account created as people were calling the Cesicat ”the Catalan T.I.A.”, inspired by a Spanish comic, where the T.I.A. is a fictitious organization which parodies the C.I.A.
The Cesicat kept silence about the authorship of the docs and, when pressed by journalists, said they would not comment on “anonymous leaks” until someone owned up for them. However, users of Dropbox who had upnloaded copies of these docs to replicate them and keep them circulating were notified that the reports had been removed as Cesicat claimed the copyright of these documents, recognising de facto the authorship of this activist monitorization. Other filesharing companies also deleted the docs without giving any reason.
Now, what´s really disturbing is not the monitoring itself, but the reason whay they are doing it. As a Barcelona lawyer specialized in internet law said: “it is illegal to create archives based on the ideology of people. And it´s even worse when the governament is using public money to do so” . People are wondering, if these leaks are from reports during mid 2012, what are they oding now? who else is in these files?
Anonymous denounces that Catalan Government have spied activists on Twitter [EN]
The Cesicat claims the authorship of the activist’s monitoring, by Dropbox [SP]
Anonymous leaks documents showing the monitoring of activists in the web by Catalonia Government side [SP]
Video of the documents by Anonymous
Anonymous annoncement [SP]
“Cesicat Case”: catalan Black Lists [SP]
Twitter account @ceTIAcat
Twitter HT #TIAcatalana #laTIAcatalana
3. LA FLOR DE MAIG (1896-2013): 117 YEARS OF RESISTENCE UNDER THREAT OF EVICTION
The building La Flor de Maig (May Flower), located at Poblenou neighborhood in Barcelona, was built in 1896 to be the headquarters of the consumer cooperative called La Flor de Maig. It soon became the largest cooperative in Catalonia with 1,600 members, and was active until the 50s, but economic losses and the political context eventually forced the building to be sold.
After having the property in disuse for a few years, the Ateneu La Flor de Maig was recovered in the late ’70s thanks to the effort of local movements. This historic space was claimed as an establishment in which neighbours could carry out cultural and artistic activities.
The City Council agreed to take the necessary steps to make the place available for public use and they would pay the rent until the expropriation were possible. In May 2012, almost as a joke, the City Council decided unilaterally to terminate the lease agreement with the owner of the property, closing the Ateneu activity in disregard of the historic promise. The neighbours tried to save this social center, and after seeing the City Council wasn’t interested, in October of the same year they claimed the building by reopening and occupying it, once again for the use of the neighborhood.
The Ateneu La Flor de Maig is at a new turning point in its long history. It is time for celebration for the success of the recovery, reinvention and relaunch of the project that began a year ago: now there are over 15 active projects and groups, and hundreds of people participating in the Ateneu. Also, a permanent process of retrieval has started, which means, going through a process of historical revisionism of the cooperative in the neighborhood and fighting to get the Ateneu back.
Yet a trial was scheduled for November 5, threatening to evict its occupants as per a request by the owners. Ateneu members organized a protest conference a year after the reoccupation with the idea of raising awareness in the neighborhood of the risk of an unfair eviction and losing the Ateneu once again. The trial has finally been suspended, but the Ateneu is not saved yet, as a new schedule will be fixed soon
Twitter: @flordemaig HT #florenperill #flordemaig
- Videos capture violent arrest that ended in death of suspect (elpais.com)
- Anonymous Hacks Systems of Spain’s Catalan Police (news.softpedia.com)
Anti Fascist Alarm against the imminent celebration of the fascist rally Oct. 12 at Plaza de Sants called by the coordinating group España en Marcha .
About 200 people have gathered in Sants barrio today in an open Assembly and we have agreed the following calls in the coming days. We need to be many, many people disseminating , hanging posters and handing out leaflets , encouraging our friends, colleagues and family to show our opposition to the views of this mob ! Continue reading →
Roundup of Spanish news items on 2nd Oct. Headlines and summary translated . All Items from Kaos, open news service, with thanks
Old-Age Activist Groups (‘Iaioflautas’) occupy SOCIAL SECURITY headquarters in Barcelona to protest pension cuts
(Crónica y fotos) Iaioflautas ocupan la sede de la SEGURIDAD SOCIAL en Barcelona en protesta por las pensiones
Fear, Loathing and Collective Amnesia in Crisis-Ridden Spain
Update: Since the Catalans joined hands in a 400km demo for Independencethe fascist reaction has been predictable, with all sorts of politicians and military men making outrageous, illegal, racist invitations to violence against Catalans which are plastered all over the Spanish media
19/09/2013 by Don Quijones
If Spain and Catalonia were playing a real rather than figurative game of Russian Roulette, the revolver would now be loaded with at least two or three bullets. On Tuesday night, an extra one was slipped into a chamber when the Principe de Asturias prize-winning economist Juan Valerde announced that Madrid may have to “bomb Barcelona” in order to put a halt to the region’s rising separatist aspirations. Continue reading →