“Watch them move into the futureGot a lot of catching up to doHope they take a lesson from their neighboursThat’ll show ’em what not to doShould have happened for them in the ThirtiesBut the pleasure got caught in painEnded up like the bull in the china shopUnder the name of Spain…”
Spain supposedly elected a democratic socialist government in response to the Madrid train bombings of a few years ago. But you’d be hard-put to believe it, seeing things like this, which are more reminiscent of an earlier era of fascist dictatorship: According to YVKE Mundial, this was the scene in Barcelona on Wednesday, as university students and their supporters turned out en masse to protest Plan Bolonia, which would hand over university education to the private sector under the general pretext of “streamlining” and “efficiency” (gee, where have we heard all that before?). The antidemocratic nature of the “reform” is a major sticking point (did they bother to consult any students? Noooooo!), as is the back-door privatization of education it is intended to bring. This problem is nothing new, and certainly not limited to Spain (as it is EU-wide). Even “neutral” Switzerland has had trouble with it.The Spanish oligarchy is all for this unpopular measure, of course, because they can afford it–and because they don’t want to pay the taxes that would keep higher education public (and thus available to the “undesirables”). As was ever the case with oligarchies, though, they are very much in the minority–especially in Catalonia, which has a long and proud history of standing up to fascism (George Orwell, who fought as a foreign volunteer alongside the socialist POUM milicianos during the Civil War and narrowly escaped death by a bullet to the neck, chronicled his adventures in Homage to Catalonia.)As you can see from the video, the police goons were well organized, clearly under orders to attack, and had no problem assaulting unarmed demonstrators. Their preferred method is kneecapping–they hit the protesters hard on the legs, then beat them some more when they inevitably fall down. One of them can even be seen striking a woman from behind; she reacts in shock to this unprovoked attack (she never even saw them coming at her, and neither said nor did anything to aggravate them.) All of this is par for the course when an unpopular and antidemocratic plan is being rammed through somewhere. In fact, that’s the only way such a plan can pass–by force.BTW, I’ve had the devil of a time finding anything written in English about all this going down in Spain, but if you want to see why so many Europeans consider the Yanks to be anti-freedom, self-righteous, hypocritical, uncouth, clueless and frankly just plain ol’ ugly, here’s something you might want to get your rabies shots before clicking on.
–The Stranglers, “Spain”