Things had been pretty calm in Plaza Catalunya, epicenter of the Barcelona 15-M camp, since the incidents a couple of weeks ago when the riot cops failed to take the square. The popular assemblies continued their protest and their discussions, and finally voted to lift camp last Sunday and transfer the movement to the neighborhood committees. But first there was one last step to take, one last show of strength before moving on: to peacefully protest at the gates of the Catalan parliament yesterday, the day the politicos gathered to approve the austerity measures to be applied to the native slave stock.
The fact that the first politicos to arrive that morning came calmly on foot despite the protest is proof that no-one was expecting violence, mostly because the 15-M movement has from the start been a peaceful protest. But suddenly a group of “protestors” began pushing and insulting the politicos, throwing objects and spraying paint at them, and all hell broke loose, with the riot cops immediately shooting gas and rubber bullets, not at the agitators but at the mass of protestors who were sitting nearby.
After this reception, the remaining politicos used other means of transport to make it inside the police cordon, including a handful that were transported inside an armored police van (a karmic wink to the hopeful?) and even in police helicopters. When the session finally started, long faces in the parliament and clashes outside as the front lines practiced passive resistance to the cop’s efforts to clear the path for vehicles.
Today’s newspapers were in collective outrage on this “attack on democracy”, “loss of legitimacy of the movement” and yadda yadda about the poor
politicos “elected representatives” having to endure such travails on their way to vote us out of house and home. That’s when the email arrived with the link to the video embedded below, in which certain facts about the violent “protestors” are immediately evident to anyone who knows how cops think. At the time of this writing, the Spanish and Catalan mainstream media are still ignoring the obvious –practice makes perfect– but if enough people see this video, and it is definitely making the rounds right now, maybe, just maybe, some real exposure of the true violent elements will be forthcoming.
But they’ve been doing it for years with impunity, why would it be different now? Now there is more at stake. A line has been crossed… attacking politicos is a grave offense in Spain and will definitely land one in jail. So far, nine people have been arrested for yesterday’s incidents, but none of them are the ones that appear in the video below. How tight can the impunity cover stretch before it tears apart like cheap cellophane wrap and exposes the extent of the manipulation and the lies?
Watch the video and judge for yourself. What really happened yesterday in Barcelona?
Note: the first copy of this video has been made “private” in the Tube of You; here’s another copy of the same video, but it may disappear anytime.