Monday, May 30, 2011

A night with the "outraged" by the Puerta del Sol in Madrid

Madrid Special Envoy - The call echoes through the speakers installed at all corners of the square. This Saturday, May 28, as every evening at 21 hours since the beginning of the movement, there are two weeks the "outraged" by the Puerta del Sol, Madrid, held their daily meeting. Several thousand people settled in the central symbol of the city following a now well-oiled organization: we sit in rows of gentle lanes passage; we raise our hands in different ways to signify his approval or disapproval incomprehension and can also at any time ask for food or water to members of the organization walk the rows.

But it does not interrupt the speakers, dubbed in sign language. That evening, the camp of Madrid receives a guest of honor: a manifestation of Barcelona. The "outrage" Catalan is there to witness police brutality the previous day, during the evacuation brutal place in Catalonia to be prepared for the festivities of the final Champions League football.

Trembling voice, encouraged by "We're all from Barcelona," she said "happy to be sustained" and see "solidarity between 'outraged' of all cities." The crowd cheered. The ritual continues: representatives of each commission - legal action, environment, art or extension of the movement - taking turns at the microphone to inform the latest developments of their activities.

Then everyone can come and contribute and create debate after making the request. On the other side of the square of the session "open mic" continues: the "outraged" succeed tirelessly to the podium to deliver their moods and evoke emotion, joy or anger among an audience always faithful.

"I want to graduate to a job that I like and non-food," joked a teenager. "You are the sun, the future of this country. Fight!" Adds a retiree. Two weeks after the start of the protest movement, 15-May, the need for speaking and listening remains alive in the Spanish capital and the claims have not changed: a more egalitarian including less unemployment for some and privileges for others, an election law amended to promote the emergence of new parties, and institutional commitment to reduce corruption in favor of transparency.

Twenty-three hours. FC Barcelona has just beaten Manchester United in the final of the Champions League. No horns, ringing phones or exclamations of joy. There are certainly less crowded than the day on the square, probably because of the match. But caught in the gravity of the topics they cover, the protesters do not pay attention to results.

Especially since the game is the indirect cause of violence against the "Catalan brothers." "Previously, people never talked about political or social issues but only of personal problems and football exclaims Nicolas Hildalgo Manzano, 21, a philosophy student. Today, football is returned to the background .

It was more urgent to settle! " Then the young man says, whispering: "Here, people even hoped for a defeat of Barcelona there is no celebration, and therefore no risk of spills that could become a pretext for the authorities to evacuate camps. " During these nightly gatherings, representatives of the legal fees, art, environment ...

created by the movement exposes advances, issues, ideas that emerged during their work. Le Monde. com / Audrey Garric Shortly after midnight, the General Assembly ends. Luggage Organizers: the microphones should be turned off at 2 o'clock last carat to save residents. The place empties slowly.

While some are returning home, many still prefer to hang out, listen to some guitar riffs, speechifying, dancing. The night progressed, it is also the time when the population of the "outraged" rejuvenated. "The sociology of the place has changed, says Pablo Barez, musician of 27 years.

The first few days, it was not uncommon to see guys in suit and tie, at 4 o'clock in the morning, come and learn from commissions. Now, we meet mostly hippies, junkies and homeless. Of course, everyone has the right to come here. But if the camp loses sight of its goals, it could end badly.

"Of course, marijuana and beer are thriving in the camp, contrary to regulation. Still, it is far from botellón, these traditional festive gatherings where alcohol flowing, the organizers feared that at the beginning of the movement: the "outrage" does not spare their time to work and advance thinking.

At 3 o'clock in the morning, the tents are still debating between committees, we sort and classify mails from citizens' demands, we develop programs, posters and other slogans are nobodies and informs the press, prepare food, play cards or chess. Yet, the eyes identify more each day as successive nights on the pavement.

"Some protesters want the camp ends because they feel very tired. But another would prefer to have more rotations, so that the movement continues and that we can always meet and exchange, "says Nicolas Manzano Hildalgo. Tonight is the question everyone is asking: Will the camp he continue beyond Sunday, May 29? The "outrage" are divided.

"I think it's the last night in the square but not the end of the movement estimeCristina Ortega, 29, a librarian. It has changed the attitudes of young people, gave them different values. Even if there were more tents here, we nevertheless continue general meetings, especially in the suburbs.

" However, Miguel Lobo Camiches, 50, head of a small construction company "in trouble", says: "The camp must stay! If he loses the place, it loses its strength, unity, visibility . We must continue to consolidate until you have created a political party to take over. " The debate will occupy the end of the night.

This is ultimately only about 5 o'clock in the morning that the place goes to sleep, before waking up two hours later, when the day starts. Later in the day Sunday, the "outraged" reunited for a new General Assembly, approved of the proposal: "We are and we will decide later how long." Audrey Garric

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