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100 days ‘camping in front of Bankia’: “we’ll stay till they change
the mortgage law or arrest us”
Fifty people have spent 100 nights outside the headquarters of Bankia in Madrid, to protest against evictions. The campers fear imminent eviction as police visits have intensified in the past week.
Around a brazier, sheltered from the weather by a plastic tent and eating thanks to the solidarity of residents and businesses. So the night passed ffor about 60 people occupying the sidewalk outside the headquarters of Bankia, in Madrid’s Plaza of Celenque (a short walk from Puerta del Sol). They began on the afternoon of October 22 and they continue today on, fighting for the government to change the law and the banks to renegotiate the mortgages of people at risk of eviction. (Spain is perhaps the only country where the bank repossesses and evicts you for non payment but you still have to go on paying for decades).
On Tuesday, the Bankia celebrated 100 nights camping on the street, although the members of the protest fear evicted at any time: “Only if we will change the mortgage law or if we take to the force,” said Carlos, one of the most active members of the camp. In recent days, the police “have intensified their visits and intimidation, so we are preparing an imminent eviction,” said one of the crowd.
Losing your home is not only something material, also causes marital separations and social exclusion. But despite the difficulties, they are optimistic. Last week, the Platform of People Affected by Mortgage Repossessions presented in Congress over 700,000 signatures demanding the introduction of a Popular Legislative Initiative (ILP), with the goal of changing the mortgage law, cancelling evictions (now running at an incredible 500 a day in Spain) and extending the social rent payment as an alternative to eviction. “You have to understand that losing your home is not only material … it is causing marital separations, alcoholism, homelessness and only leads to social exclusion,” said Esther, a member of the 15-M, one of the promoters of camping groups Bankia. There must be some chance of success, at least fot those still to be evicted, the rightr to a home is even enshrined in the Constitution.
It’s much too cold, some have had to leave suffering from pneumonia and others have neglected their families “to address this struggle.” But consider that the protest is worthwhile. “Little by little they are seeing the fruits: we’ve got the social rent or payment in kind granted for 15 families who have been here camping here. Although we had to occupy Bank branch offices to achieve it, “says Luis, who heads an association of the unemployed, .There were almost 6 million of working age unemployed at the end of 2012, and rising, worse than the Great Depression.
Patricia, 38 and a son aged 11, has avoided eviction from her home by a social rent. “I was about to end up on the street, alone with the child, but with the support of all we negotiated with Bankia. Now I pay 190 euros, paying costs me an effort, but at least it’s manageable. It was not easy, I went to push my branch, I spent many nights here, but that’s how thing could get achieved. If you do not move you get nothing “, claims Patricia. “Now I struggle to write off the debt: I still have to pay 251,000 euros. It is impossible, ” she adds.
Solidarity from neighbors and shops
Meanwhile, the campers survive with food and useful items that people donate. On a blackboard they write what they need: coal for the grate, water, plastic cups and an old mobile phone. “Neighbors bring food and sometimes we get so many things that we just distributing it to other needy folks. We also have the solidarity of tradespeople: the clothes shop and the cafe next door give us hot drinks in the morning “, thanks Carlos while showing me his makeshift home:” Here we cook, sleep and here debate about injustices “.
Cien días de ‘Acampada Bankia’: “Solo nos iremos si cambian la ley hipotecaria o por la fuerza”
por Mario Toledo Martes, 29 de Enero de 2013
Este martes, la Acampada Bankia cumple 100 noches en la calle, aunque los integrantes de la protesta temen que en cualquier momento los desalojen: “Solo nos iremos si cambian la ley hipotecaria o si nos echan a la fuerza”, explica Carlos, uno de los miembros más activos del campamento. En los últimos días, la Policía “ha intensificado las visitas en plan intimidatorio, por lo que creemos que están preparando un desalojo inminente“, explica otro de los congregados . Perder la casa no es solo algo material; también provoca separaciones matrimoniales y exclusión socialSin embargo, pese a las dificultades, son optimistas. La semana pasada, la Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipotecapresentó en el Congreso más de 700.000 firmas para solicitar la tramitación de una Iniciativa Legislativa Popular (ILP), con el objetivo de cambiar la ley hipotecaria, introducir la dación en pago y extender el alquiler social como alternativa a los desahucios. “Tienen que entender que perder la casa no es algo solamente material… está provocando separaciones matrimoniales, alcoholismo, mendicidad y solo conduce a la exclusión social“, apunta Esther, integrante del 15-M, otro de los colectivos promotores de Acampada Bankia.
Pasan frío, algunos han tenido que abandonar aquejados por neumonías y otros han dejado de lado a sus familias “por atender esta lucha”. Pero consideran que la protesta está mereciendo la pena. “Poco a poco se van viendo los frutos: ya hemos conseguido el alquiler social o la dación en pago para 15 familias que han estado aquí acampadas. Aunque para lograrlo hemos tenido incluso que encerrarnos en sucursales”, asegura Luis, que preside una asociación de desempleados. Patricia, de 38 años y con un hijo de 11, ha esquivado el desahucio de su vivienda gracias a un alquiler social. “Estaba a punto de quedarme en la calle, sola con el niño, pero con el apoyo de todos conseguimos negociar con Bankia. Ahora pago 190 euros de alquiler; me cuesta un esfuerzo, pero al menos es asumible. No fue fácil, fui a presionar a mi sucursal, pasé muchas noches aquí, pero así es como se consiguen las cosas. Si no te mueves no consigues nada”, reivindica Patricia. “Ahora lucho para que me condonen la deuda: todavía me queda por pagar 251.000 euros. Es imposible”, añade.
Solidaridad de vecinos y comercios Mientras, los acampados sobreviven con los alimentos y objetos útiles que les dona la gente. En una pizarra indican lo que necesitan: carbón para el brasero, agua, vasos de plástico y un teléfono móvil viejo. “Los vecinos nos traen comida y a veces recibimos tantas cosas que acabamos repartiéndola a personas necesitadas. También contamos con la solidaridad de los comercios: la tienda de disfraces y la cafetería de al lado nos dan cosas calientes por la mañana”, agradece Carlos mientras enseña su improvisado hogar: “Aquí cocinamos, aquí dormimos y aquí debatimos sobre las injusticias”.
Chapter twenty eight
I could hear wild cheering as the crowds merged
I’m up here on the eleventh floor preparing my talk, for trying to win over the soldiers when they arrive at dawn. I’m all psyched up and shitting myself. The appeal probably won’t work, and then what?.
It’s two thirty in the morning here. I got keys of the manager’s office, in the occupied Customs and Excise building. This floor is in use, but empty now, the rest of the block was all abandoned till today. It isn’t because of the strikes that the Port is stopped. It’s down to economic collapse and impossibly stormy weather. Continue reading “Serial of The Free.Ch 28. Revolution Day”
en español aquí: La Cooperativa Integral y el Caído del Capitalismo
In southern Europe it looks like Capitalism is collapsing. . Everywhere businesses are closing down and stolen money moved to tax havens. We have an opportunity right now to start new systems, truly sustainable and without hierarchy, without interest, without rich or poor .. on the way to a money-free world! Below we report on the Integral CoOps, which use new technology to link consumption, production, Community Currencies and Time Banks.
NO to Reaction YES to revolution ..
All the old activists covered their eyes in despair, when tens of thousands of youths from the 15M movement raised their hands in the air and yelled for nonviolence, while being brutally beaten up by the police mercenaries last year. What a shocking lack of solidarity and militancy!
Yet it is also true that direct confrontation with State forces makes us into a mirror image of them. All the dialectical struggle of macho Marxists only led its leaders to the corruption of power, in the totalitarianism of State Communism, or nowadays in leftist parties and sold out unions .
The 15M Movement and Occupy on the other hand are based on the assembly, self organized horizontally, without leaders or parties, without hierarchy, and without accepted sexism, like an internet chat, or in the tradition of the Iberian Anarchists. Continue reading “Integral CoOps,15M and Occupy.. an embryo for Post Capitalism?”
LIVE STREAM SPANISH STRIKE
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Why the Eurostrike?
By Vincent Navarro
..Due to their history of dictators the 1% in South Europe have been able to coerce, swindle, supertax, deprive and overwork us, while stashing billions of our money in tax havens…
The ruling Conservative and liberal parties, both in Spain and in most European Union countries, including the Eurozone, are implementing policies that result in: 1) labour reforms that reduce wages and increase unemployment, 2) the shrinking of the labour force, 3) reduction of social protection, 4) social spending cuts, 5) the privatization of public services and the welfare state, 6 ) the reduction of labour and social rights; 7) cuts to, and privatization of state pensions, and 8) the weakening of collective bargaining and unions. Continue reading “General Strike 14N,,Consume NOTHING!.. Shut The BASTARDS DOWN!”
LIVE STREAM SPANISH STRIKE 14 NOV
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Report from Madrid and Agora99: Dreams Becoming Reality
On the eve of the biggest ever General Strikes we look at Social Revolutionary ideas undermining Capitalism from within
by rhithinkyourfuture Madrid is a city full of activity and inspiration; from protests to strikes, social centers to urban gardens, the creation of cooperatives to the occupation of houses, banks and hospitals, here things are constantly moving forward and something new happens every day. Continue reading “Collapsing Capitalism: Global Revolution is NOW”
Christo joins the Anarchists
-‘Hey here comes the old lap dog himself.’-
It was after seven by the time Christo Rylee left his office in the old transport Works and made his way slowly down the steep concrete steps, across the yard and out the big iron gates.
The gatekeeper mouthed an obscenity, in place of his usual smile. Continue reading “Serial of the Free: Ch 8. Christo joins the Anarchists”
and good morning/evening/ night to all 264o ‘Friends of The Free’ on Farcebook. I’m sending the latest variation of the Poster.. came out a bit pink I think..
Maybe you could copy and paste it, or take it to the Anarchist Book Fair. Not much point where I live as nobody can read English!
This poster is done on Gimp, the free photoshop, but it wasn’t me (honestly) who gave a brown bottom to the last Greek policeman!
chow for now………. mike
here’s part 3 of the weekly serialization.. Linda has just run away from her awful school and abusive Dad…
Okay so you can read it here anyway, but this has more illustrations and may appear more in GooogleSo maybe more people will get the chance to read it.
The Free, Ch 3, Linda is Maxie Moon … runaways!
I didn’t want to go back so I just walked on. On and on, down the abandoned canal. It was freezing cold, you’d think it was winter, and I was wishing vaguely that I’d brought my coat.
But I didn’t care really, till it started to rain… Continue reading “Serialization,The Free, Ch 3, Linda is Maxie Moon … runaways!”