JKelly 9 M-15

Many people think of protests occurring in places of war and poverty but after researching locations around the globe it is obvious that this is not true. In the socialist country of Spain, after the large increase in the underemployment and the increase in the retirement age the Spanish people took action, specifically the youth. It was this new generation that changed the way protests are connected by utilizing social media sites to spread their beliefs, gather a following and organize their members across the country. On May 15, 2011 protestors around the country began to march through the cities. At the end of the march protestors held a peaceful sit-in on the street which got violent with police involvement. The National Police estimated about 20,000 protestors were present in Madrid alone. These riots continue today around Spain demanding a better representation in political parties and more democracy for their government.

The motto of the group says, “we are not goods in the hands of politicans and bankers”. It is this statement that reminds me of the American revolution and how many colonists felt that they were being used by the British government in order to turn a profit. Like those colonists, the Spanish people are merely demanding more of a voice in their government. I believe that this is a valid protest, the source I used for this information does not hint at any violence by the protestors so I don’t see the harm in what they are doing. They should be allowed to voice their opinion and to demand change from their government if they are being unfairly represented. I think that the next logical step for the government is to talk to the leaders of the protests and see what they can do by working together in order to make Spain a better country. Like V said, “People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-18070246

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Spanish_protests

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  1. Posted January 17, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I think this was definitely a powerful demonstration by the people in Spain. I agree that the government should take a step towards improvement by working with the people in Spain.

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