Category Archives: Democracy movements

Spain’s 15M movement responds to a wave of repression / Waging Nonviolence – People-Powered News and Analysis

The 15M movement in Spain has faced repression from the very beginning: 24 young people were arrested and beaten by police in the demonstrations organized by Democracia Real Ya on May 15 last year, which is a large part of why several dozen people decided to camp that night in Sol square, turning the demonstration into an encampment. That first night, the Legal Committee of Sol was created by lawyers and laypeople; similar groups emerged in other camps around the country in order to give legal support to the movement. This has never been an easy job, but it has only been getting harder. Continue reading…

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Catalan police as protesters inside demo in Barcelona! | Take The Square

On Saturday afternoon over a hundred thousand people participated in the rally against the cuts the Catalan government. The demonstration was called by trade unions, the Catalan Social Forum, 15M movement and other groups. Continue reading…

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“The pitchfork movement” – Sicily paralyzed | Take The Square

Today is the third day of protest in Sicily. The island is almost paralyzed.

In the island are protesting truckers, farmers, fishermen, craftsmen associations and merchants. Students are organizing demonstrations in solidarity, occupying roads and harbours. In Gela they close the entrance to the refinery, threating the port operations. Hundreds of trucks are at Villa San Giovanni harbour trying to ship to the big island with tons of goods (fruit vegetables and dairy supplies) will soon putrefy because the trucks cannot reach the shores of Sicily island. This stop is having a price on Sicily in terms of loss in their economy. The stocks of fuel are scarce and in many areas of the island are over, same for food, with empty shelves in supermarkets and some smaller business are already closed. People are starting to fear the food that comes from the black market. Truck inventory is escorted by the police. Continue reading…

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Fishing: Russia’s other civil battlefront | openDemocracy

The recent wave of demonstrations against election fraud across Russia were preceded in the spring and autumn by protests from grassroots fishermen’s organisations, who marched to defend their right to fish for free. Authorities soon climbed down from their controversial plans to privatise rivers and lakes, but not before radicalising an estimated 15-20 million amateur fishermen. Continue reading…

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March to Paris 2012 – For a new constituent assembly! | Take the Square

Call to all French citizens: We will walk with one main objective: to be open to all in order to create a convergence in a common fight and in order to support the idea (among many others) which consists in ​​creating a constituent assembly. A statement of precise claims is being currently written, and it will be presented during the marches and discussed during the citizens meetings which would be organized by theme.

Faced with the current system, both economic-social and environmental, that has forgotten the human and the living , our duty is to have a collective response and assert our demand for change. This response will manifest through our ability to come together and converge towards a common ideal. This citizens’ initiative requires the participation of all citizens, groups, associations, etc. We need to create an event that concentrates the largest number of people in Paris with the objective that the ones who should represent us, be obliged to hear and listen the voice of the people. Continue reading…

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Lisboa November 24, Who are the violents? | Take The Square

Our Platform 15 October, which is international, non-partisan and peaceful, demands the restoration of justice and truth with regard to the events of November 24th, and declares:

We witnessed and denounced the presence of police officers, who were not identified and not uniformed at the demonstration on November 24th in front of São Bento. These persons, hidden among the protesters, incited violence by words and actions, contrary to what has been stated “unequivocally” by the Minister of Internal Affairs. Read more…

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Largest protest since collapse of Soviet Union rocks Russia – Europe – World – The Independent

Russia’s leadership was forced to defend its legitimacy yesterday after about 100,000 demonstrators rallied in central Moscow to demand democratic reform and fair elections in the largest wave of popular dissent since the fall of the Soviet Union. Read more…

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