The Spain of rage and disenchantment, a country convinced that the origin of its last great trauma – the economic crisis – is the banks, came back out under the cold and rain to the streets. The tap was a judicial episode that suddenly revealed the delicate mechanism of the establishment.
Supreme Court ruling that charged mortgage taxes to banks instead of to the client; an extraordinary news that took two weeks to become a monumental scandal when the Supreme voted to return to the previous situation. In Madrid, and in front of the Supreme Court, hundreds of people charged directly against the system: bankers, politicians and judges were singled out as the ultimate reasons for a crisis that, according to 84.4% of citizens surveyed by 40dB.
At 17:30 in the afternoon, half an hour before the start of the rallies, the megaphone was already at full capacity in the Plaza de la Villa in Paris: “A mortgaged is an enslaved”, “we have the solution, the bankers to prison”, “The gold of the banker, the blood of the worker”, “there are shouts in the street and nobody cares”.
There were then 200 or 300 people standing under the drizzle in front of the facade of the Supreme Armored by agents of the National Police. Ángel Vázquez arrived, Ángelo the puppeteer, an institution in all the mobilizations in favor of social causes in Spain for more than twenty years. “What it is about is to renew that from there,” he says pointing the high court.
He uses his reasons, including the supposed belonging of many judges to Opus Dei. He raises his posters, in which there is a drawing of El Roto present in many of the placards: “Justice is the same for everyone, the sentences are not”.
At six o’clock in the afternoon, they are already flying under republican flags in front of the constitutional flag that the Supreme presides over. Gonzalo Avila, retired, believes that Spanish boredom is a state of mind latent in capitalism. “Is there democracy? There is as a caricature.
The important thing is never touched. Neither democracy nor capitalism is compatible with hereditary monarchy, but we must recognize that the mechanism is perfect “. “The banks run the country,” interrupts Antonio Fernández Villanueva. Ángeles Montes uses a recurring word in more demonstrators: patience. “One of the Spaniards seems infinite, but it is not it.
They happen again and again, and sometimes in a way that is no other than going out on the street. ” Among screams of “behind the agents, are the criminals” and “in this court, everything smells bad”, Hilario Montero asks for the floor: “We have not discovered anything, but we have seen it in a very crude way.
The submission of political power to economic power, which reaches justice.” Esther Ruiz Barrera asks this journalist how many mortgages the banks have paid to the magistrates. “Are you sure about that?” “If it’s not like that, it’s a lot like it,” ditches Elisa González, a middle-aged woman who believes that Spain is about to say again like in 2011, enough is enough.
The report published today unearths the fragility of citizens’ trust in their elites, the distance of a society away from its leaders in diagnosing the crisis and the consequences of it, which have overwhelmingly left citizens looking suspiciously at their institutions and carrying the responsibility of not having, ten years later, optimism in finding the way out.
In the demonstration yesterday in Madrid there were many older than young, pensioners who in recent years have been the ones who have kept the street alert and mobilized. People like Bernardo Domínguez, Salamanca settled for forty years in Madrid, which says that things are not going to change, but what is involved is to fight to pretend that it can be done. He smiles and talks about “disenchantment”, contrasting it with the anger necessary to avoid a depressed country.
That rabid and disenchanted Spain that saw this Saturday how it was getting dark over the Supreme Court building and the temperatures were suddenly down, remembered for a moment, just two hours, that of the 15-M that began to break the two-party system and in the popular imagination the idea that if scandals and impunity could not be avoided, what could at least be done was to point them out.
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