Last week were the Spanish midterm elections. Although they ended horribly, Spain having decided to take a huge turn to the right and PP, one of the two leading political parties having swept basically every seat across the country, what happened here in Madrid was absolutely shocking.
In Puerta del Sol, the center of Madrid, there was (and still is) a huge manifestación, or demonstration. It’s become a huge camp-out against all the labor laws, the elections, and other problems here in Spain. The majority of the people were people my age, college-aged students, and they were all fighting for a change in the economy in Spain to get themselves jobs since the depression has hit here really hard. Many people were pushing an anti-vote agenda because it’s worthless voting between two evils (which I agree with because it’s the same in the States).
Anyway, last week, my friends and I went down to the city center to see what was going on and I was floored. I know this sort of protest could never happen in the United States for a number of reasons (we are bigger, there are way more people, it’s really difficult getting people from the West Coast to Washington DC, our culture, apathy. etc.), but I wish the same sort of thing could happen. Now, because of what has been going on here, the young revolution has become contagious in other countries, like Greece which has erupted into a massive state-of-protest as well. (#SpanishRevolution is also a huge trending topic on Twitter).
But it was absolutely incredible seeing all these young people marching down into the center of the city to protest and stand up for their rights that they apparently lack right now. People were wandering around with signs, others were climbing the scaffolding and posting up banners, others were drinking (not quite as progressive. Some people went around saying, “Let me remind you all that this isn’t a botellón [plaza party], but rather a demonstration,” which I personally found rather hilarious because truth be told, the chinos who were wandering the streets selling their 1-euro beers were making an easy killing), but as a whole, it was a beautiful thing to see all these people fighting for these rights. If only I could see the same sort of effort in the United States.
This is still going on with hundreds of kids camping out in the city-center fighting for a change to create jobs for those that have just graduated. I can understand their frustration perfectly…
BUT SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, WHO KNEW SPANIARDS WERE SO PUNXXX!? Can’t the American youth do something like this? We are supposedly the world power but we don’t do anything about it. I’m going to stop writing now before this turns into a really frustrating socialistic, nhilistic rant. You’ll thank more for this later, I promise.
I decided to climb up some of the scaffolding as well and I was able to take some sick photos from a higher view. Here’s some of the photos that I took.
Up the punx,