Barcelona. 26/5/2011 Day 12.
Today I have heard of at least four new squares being occupied in different barrios (districts) of the city, with street assemblies of up to 800 people in Santa Coloma. There have also been outbreaks of ‘pot banging’ in inner city areas with people of all ages joining in. The central square of Plaza Catalunya is becoming a tent city, well organised with every imaginable activity and incredible adrenalin. When 3000 demonstrating students arrived this afternoon they couldn´t physically fit in and the whole thing began ballooning out, while being photographed by stacks of tourists.
This is a real post not a cut and paste.
A giant screen for the Wembley European Cup Final has been moved from Plaza Catalunya to nearby Arc de Triomf to avoid any conflict as the square is still full of revolutionaries, and getting even fuller.
T CEL·LEBREM LA VICTÒRIA DEL BARÇA
Estem fent història.
Mai més els barcelonins tornarem a veure la plaça Catalunya com era.
A partir d’ara tothom quan passi per plaça Catalunya veurà la plaça de #acmpadabcn, la plaça de les indignades.
Una plaça al cor de la bèstia que ens hem fet nostra, tant pel procés d’empoderament col·lectiu que s’està generant a través de les assemblees multitudinàries com per tot allò que dia a dia es va construint a través de la feina voluntària de milers de persones coordinades en comisions. Mai s’havia vist a Barcelona tanta solidaritat i suport mutu. Hem deixat de ser persones aïllades en les nostres vides individuals per prendre les places com a espais de trobada. S’està tornant a discutir de política en petites àgores creades espontàniament a diferents racons de la plaça, així com als bars, botigues, centres mèdics, escoles… Tot això és quelcom del que ens hauriem de sentir orgulloses i que hauriem de defensar.
LA INDIGNACIÓ HA VINGUT PER QUEDAR-S’HI!
Dark Day for Brazil’s Amazon Jungle
By Fabiana Frayssinet
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 25, 2011 (IPS) – The same day that the lower house of the Brazilian Congress approved a reform of the forestry code that would make it easier to clear land in the Amazon jungle for agriculture, a husband and wife team of activists who spent years fighting illegal deforestation in the rainforest were murdered.
After several delays, the revised forest code was approved by the Chamber of Deputies late Tuesday, by a vote of 410 to 63, with one abstention.
Introduced by Communist Party lawmaker Aldo Rebelo, the reform of the 1965 forestry code is, in the view of environmentalists, the first major defeat for President Dilma Rousseff, as the parties allied with her left-wing Workers’ Party did not vote in a bloc with it on this question.
“This vote represents the biggest setback to Brazil’s environmental legislation in decades,” Raul Silva Telles do Valle, assistant coordinator of the Socioenvironmental Institute, told IPS.
“It’s a law that looks to the past, not the future,” WWF-Brazil’s conservation director Carlos Alberto de Mattos Scaramuzza told IPS.
”there’s a mini revolution going on in the square! they’ve been there ten days or more, I helped plant tomatoes, had a free haircut, free food.. it’s all money free, and slept with 700 people Tuesday under the stars…….”
May 25, 2011 at 4:16am With this mail we want to animate others to organize more sit-ins outside of Barcelona, around the world, which will be organized by you. We propose not to target on the Spanish embassies in your countries, also because the Spanish press practically does not cover those actions.
Our proposal is that you join in with your local struggle, to occupy the central places of your city while following the model of organization used during the Arab revolutions (and Spaniards), which means connecting with groups and local organizations and organize a sit-in in the main squares, to work in commissions and to write up your own documents (manifest, calls, proposals, minutes of meetings, etc). To make it public, spread it, use the internet networks to expand your message and to self-manage.
What is happening in different Spanish cities is not accidental nor specific of our society, we fight to recover our dignity, our freedom and our social rights, for direct democracy where we can participate in the course of our lives. We are a spontaneous and independent network, we don’t need leaders thus we offer that you will organize independently, according to what is possible and relevant in your area. We would like that everywhere people will take the streets, but in each place people will think themselves on the local alternatives to the capitalist and cruel world to which our governments are ‘leading’ us and the whole planet.
For us the borders do not exist, the network is ours and the street also! Another world is possible now! More concretely, we propose to you that you squat in your city during the next days of THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 26 AND 27 OF MAY to take advantage of the international days of mobilization against the G8 against the world-wide oligarchy, we invite you to take the street and to establish si-ins in sufficiently big places which will receive a consequent infrastructure that allow you to work and to mobilize in the best conditions.
These two days and their nights could be the beginning of a long global struggle of the Indignados, please add your sit-in to the world-wide map of: http://www.thetechnoant.info/campmap/ We use the social networks to coordinate and to maintain informed. We encourage you to create an international commission to communicate with us, to share materials and strategies of organization in the Web n-1.cc to look for the group https://n-1.cc/pg/groups/104127/take-the-square-international and open a space with your location.
In that link you will find a guide. In the chat (http://ur1.ca/48ogs) you can contact with us and others sit-ins simultaneously or to contact us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Our content commissions is working on a document which formulate the very elaborated agreements which are agreed on in the general assembly.
The document is available on web http://acampadabcn.wordpress.com/ Take the street! Real Democracy Now! Hugs, International Networks of the International Commission of the Barcelona Camp Barcelona Information: #acampadabcn http://acampadabcn.wordpress.com/ e-mail general: email@example.com Internacional commission – Barcelona Camp: https://n-1.cc/pg/groups/103405/akbcn_int/ e-mail international commission: firstname.lastname@example.org Internacional coordination: http://www.thetechnoant.info/campmap/ e-lists: https://lists.takethesquare.net/mailman/listinfo/cominterm https://n-1.cc/pg/groups/104127/take-the-square-international/ Chat irc.freenode.net # takethesquare http://ur1.ca/48ogs
The Folha de Sao Paolo reports the passing of the forest law, pushed through today by powerful extreme right landlords, headed oddly by populist communist Aldo.-
No details of final version given .
No mention of the amnesty for previous forest crimes which, imposed by the fascist landlords, now make ALL LAWS in the Amazon a laughing stock, and have caused a 6 fold increase already in the criminal destruction of our world heritage.
The influential Folha da Sao Paolo also fails to mention the murder of the pro Amazon activist José Claudio Ribeira da Silva and his wife Maria, at least on their front pages of the digital edition , even though the police have attributed it to the loggers mafia, especially as their ears were cut off. Another terrorist murder, but one which will be celebrated by mining, logging and ranching companies.
This goes together with the signing of contracts for BP to extract deep sea oil, and the go ahead for the Belo Monte dam.
aybe the terrorists were celebrating the coming Forest Law.
Após semanas de embate, negociações e troca de acusações, a Câmara dos Deputados aprovou ontem o texto da reforma do Código Florestal com alterações que significaram uma derrota para o governo.
Uma emenda aprovada por 273 votos a 182 rachou a base do governo levando os principais partidos governistas, PT e PMDB, para lados opostos. O texto da emenda consolida a manutenção de atividades agrícolas nas APPs (áreas de preservação permanente), autoriza os Estados a participarem da regularização ambiental e deixa claro a anistia para os desmates ocorridos até junho de 2008.
O líder do governo, Cândido Vaccarezza (PT-SP), chegou a falar, em nome da presidente Dilma Rousseff, que a aprovação da emenda seria “uma vergonha”.
Dilma recebe ex-ministros que são contra texto de lei florestal
Relator do Código Florestal critica ex-ministros de Meio Ambiente
Impasse regimental impede votação do Código Florestal, diz Rebelo
Governo cede para votar nova lei florestal
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