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THE NIGHT OF DIGNITY AND CITIZEN INDIGNATION

The Coordinadora 25S has made public it’s support for an active participation in the General Strike called for the 14th of November. Throughout this day of mobilization and struggle, the Coordinadora will place all their endeavors, together with workers and organizations and social movements, to achieve a paralysis of the country in a Social General Strike, of production and consusmption.

But on the 15th, at 9am a new session of congress is beginning. We don’t know whether or not they will vote on the Debt budgets in this session, and we don’t know of the shame to send them to the Senate, or if in a new act of poltiical indignity and in contempt of the popular will they will have been cowardly approved on the same day—the 14th—turning deaf to the social rejection in the streets, a government and a political system in submission to the international financial power. A rejection which unites all the mobilizations of the Portuguese, Greek, and Italian citizenry into one historic international Strike against the payment of illegitimate European debts.

What we do know is that in consonance with our will to indefinitely struggle against these Budgets of Shame, there still is left ot us the night to continue mobilizing. That night, we reafirm our indignation against this swindle orchestrated against the citizenry and to instigate a Constituent Process towards a true democracy. One night to show our support to other struggles, like those evicted ones at Plaza del Celenque, or the workers shut inside of hospitals to defend Public Health.

The night will be long and cold, and it will come preceded by an intense day, but these difficulties will not hurt our convictions or strength. We are not afraid. Our permanence surrounding congress until the start of the Session, after a whole day of General Strike represents a bet for the general sustained mobilization, not excluding in the future a 48 hour General Strike, or perhaps Indefinite. It will be the night of disobedient ones which don’t accept the crude and antidemocratic constraints and threats agains the exercise of civil rights like protest and assembly.

We call on all workers, unemployed, evicted, and youth without future, to the pensioners. We call , definitively on all the citizenry assaulted and threatened by a politics of cut-backs which strips our rights and social victories.

This time we won’t leave. We’ll wait, peacefully, but with resolution for the arrival of those usurping popular sovereignty, belittling or betraying, voting or acting like carnival-goers in an institution which has become pathetic, empty of political content, and every day more distant from the will of the people, who it should in theory represent.

Whether they vote it the afternoon before or the next morning, we will demand to the deputies that they reject these anti-social budgets, generators of oppression and misery. We will demand, again, to the Government that proposes them, that it resign because it has betrayed its people.

They will have to hear us because on top of having the force of reason, we also have the power socially proportionate to a General Strike, which is elevated to the maximum power to a long night of non-violent resistance, strong in solidarity.

Against the Social Cut-backs, against Debt Budgets. For the opening of a Constituent Process which bails out Democracy.

Come after 19:30 to the Plaza del Neptuno, symbol of political conscience and citizen struggle, and stay to share a night of unity, resistance, and hope

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Without fear, we support our arrested fellows and we keep on: on Sep 25th we’ll surround the Congress

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This morning, four companions of the Platform Pie, who came as thousands of people to the demonstration of 15S to support the social demand that was happening in the streets of Madrid, have been detained in the square of Platerías, on the corner of the Paseo del Prado. The detention has taken place at the moment in which the companions unfolded a banner saying «25s Surround the congress » [motto of demonstration that they convene for September 25th] to join the demo. Without being part of any criminal action, they have been arrested and accused of resistance and disobedience to authority.

From the Coordinating Committe for 25S we condemn these arbitrary police practices encouraged by the Goverment against citizen’s freedom of speech and we consider them an attack to our rights, as preventive detentions are completely unconstitutional.

These detentions are framed within a clear strategy of criminalization carried out by the Department of Interior in the last weeks. They have warned in the mass media that they have us located in a list of regular activists and that before 25s there would make «preventive detentions». Indeed, they have. In addition, in the middle of the demonstration made by the Social Summit of the majority of trade unions, with support of hundreds of groups, and sending a communiqué to the press agencies, automatically replicated by dozens of media, which affirms that they have been arrested by the Information Brigade* inside the «15M block». The arrested, besides in the Platform In Foot, take part in PAH [anti-evictions movement], 15M popular assemblies [15M is the movement that started last year in public square campings], the Spanish Communist Party, SAT and CC OO [trade unions]. At one stroke, they criminalize the whole political response to their policies.

From the  Coordinating Committe for 25S we emphasize that these arrests will not achieve their goal of instilling fear in civil society. On the opposite, they encourage us to fight even more for our legitimate demands, increasingly united, and to denounce the disturbing context from which Government is trying to deprive us of our rights.

We are not afraid. See you in the streets within the following days… on September 25th… and beyond.

* The Data Squad’s body Spanish police investigating political movements, heiress of Political-Social Brigade, repressor body during the dictatorship of Franco.


Nous n’avons pas peur, nous nous voyons dans les rues

Ce matin, quatre camarades de la Plateforme En Pie qui, comme des milliers de personnes, se rendaient à la manifestation du 15S en soutien à la revendication sociale qui se déroulait dans les rues de Madrid, ont été arrêtés sur la place de Platerías, à l’angle avec le Paseo del Prado. Ils ont été arrêtés au moment où ils dépliaient une pancarte sur laquelle on pouvait lire «25S Rodea el Congreso» («25S Encercle le Congrès», le slogan de la manifestation convoquée pour le 25 septembre) pour rejoindre le cortège. Ils ont été arrêtés et accusés de résistance et de désobéissance à l’autorité, sans que le moindre délit n’ait été commis.

Depuis la Coordination 25S, nous dénonçons ces pratiques policières totalement arbitraires de la Délégation du gouvernement contre la liberté d’expression des citoyens et nous considérons qu’il s’agit d’une atteinte à nos droits, attendu que ces arrestapréventives sont totalement anticonstitutionnelles.

Ces arrestations s’inscrivent dans une stratégie claire de criminalisation menée par le ministère de l’Intérieur ces dernières semaines. On nous disait dans les médias qu’ils nous ont inscrits sur une liste et qu’il y aurait des «arrestations préventives» avant le 25 septembre. Effectivement, ils l’ont fait et, en plus, au milieu de la manifestation convoquée par le Sommet social des syndicats majoritaires, avec le soutien de centaines de collectifs, et en envoyant un communiqué aux agences EFE et Europa Press, automatiquement repris par des dizaines de médias, affirmant que les personnes arrêtées par la Brigade d’Information* faisaient partie du «Bloc critique 15M». Outre la Plateforme En Pie, les détenus font partie de la PAH Madrid (Plateforme des Victimes d’Hypothèques), des assemblées 15M, du SAT, des CCOO et du PCE. D’un coup, ils criminalisent toute la réponse à leurs politiques.

Depuis la Coordination 25S, nous tenons à souligner que ces arrestations ne parviendront pas à leur objectif de répandre la peur dans la société civile. Elles nous encouragent à nous battre encore plus pour nos revendications légitimes, de plus en plus unis, ainsi qu’à dénoncer le cadre inquiétant depuis lequel la Délégation du gouvernement tente de nous priver de nos droits.

Nous n’avons pas peur.
Nous nous voyons dans les rues les prochains jours… le 25 septembre… et après.

* La Brigade d’Information est le service de la police espagnole qui enquête sur les mouvements politiques. Elle est l’héritière de la Brigade politico-sociale, l’organe répresseur durant la dictature de Franco.