#OccupyWallStreet, #15M and Anonymous
20 septiembre, 2011 8 comentarios
Hello New York, Hello World.
It’s been two days since the activists in the U.S., outraged with courage and without fear, decided to move to and camp in the heart of Wall Street. Faced with tight security, they had to camp in a nearby park, as the NYPD cut off access to Wall Street. But more than 200 people, in a coordinated effort, camped there and began to organize, as was done in many cities in Europe, Tunisia and Egypt.
The similarities are many, however there are also differences in such social movements. As such, we have grouped our message around these main points:
a) First nights:
In Madrid, the first night only managed to gather 40 people, while the next night gathered a few hundred. For the moment on Wall Street there are about 200 people protesting, not to discount the possibilty that more will join, or that there are more people concerned about the cause. In Spain on May 15th a large demonstration took place, but that night only 40 people camped in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid. The next day, on the 16th, there were no more than 100 people camped, but something happened: around 5:30 AM numerous police began arriving to the plaza surrounding the campers, who then stopped their protest and scattered. The Puerta del Sol dawned on the 17th completely empty, but soonTwitter activity began with the various stories of those who attended in person.
b) Use of Twitter:
The police eviction sparked heated debate on this social network and the #15M movement was forged from their collective indignance. After the dispersal of the Puerta del Sol, the protesters posted photos and explinations of the irresponsible methods of the State Security Forces against some people who did absolutely nothing but spend their days and nights in the Puerta del Sol. That afternoon Puerta del Sol welcomed more than 500,000 people. At first, people did not have confidence in their ability to fight for a change; we have been educated for it. But when people see a few stand in a good atmosphere, they enter with curiosity and approach. Solidarity takes over their hearts and ignites at last the flame of hope inside. Then the job is done. Therefore it is necessary to resist, however few they may be, to show the world that there are people willing to fight and that those who thought they were alone are not. We can then say that the source of this movement is the use of Twitter and all the information circulating on the Internet. But while in Madrid 5 months ago #tomalaplaza became a “Trending Topic” for several days, now there have been acts of censorship and the hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and #TakeWallStreet have appeared. One similarity between the two events is the silence that the first days of camp bring, but when the government, and in the case of the Madrid protests, the Madrid City Council, outlawed the camp, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in defiance of authority, an exemplary act of civil disobedience.
c) Silent Information:
As mentioned previously, manipulation in the media is common. They seek to degrade the image of the movement so it will not continue to grow. In our country, Spain, the television channel ‘Intereconomía’ said in its news broadcasts that “Socialists and Communists from the shadows lead the mutiny of the Puerta del Sol”, which for all reflected a completely apolitical movement that was born spontaneously. (PokerFace) Needless to say, even though there was no longer even a needle in the Puerta del Sol on the third day at sunset, the next day the Spanish media would not talk just of the event.
d) Police Acts:
On Wall Street, the night of 17th two people were arrested for wearing a mask and thus not obeying the ban on the far side. In its third day, today, the 19th, 5 more detainees were added to that count for the same reason. In Madrid, on the first night 4 protesters were taken prisioner. The police presence was constant, and at first violent, turning merely contemplative in the following days; it had demonstrated that being angry at a corrupt system is synonymous with being a well-educated citizen.
The laws in Spain and the U.S. differ. The right of assembly referred to in the Spanish Constitution, while the Americans have it much more difficult when mobilized, is proof that arrests are taking place. While on the subject of these arrests, there is a link between them all: the detainees all wore the mask of Anonymous.
As we said in our first posts, Anonymous did not want to engage directly in the mobilizations. That is not true in the likes of “Real Democracy Now”, a group I joined that took part in the majority of the demonstrations in Madrid, but Anonymous wanted to be free citizens who organize themselves without interruption. In the U.S, U.U., N,(?) along with Adbusters, are the main drivers of #OccupyWallStreet.
Freedom over the years has shown itself in many ways. Almost always the defenders of freedom have exerted violence; it seems that the Liberty would get attached to the bloodshed. It is true that Gandhi was among the first to use peaceful means to achieve objectives, and Martin Luther King as well. Today, as the movement #15M has shown, you too can fight for freedom peacefully.
Therefore, we endorse the following verse of a defender of the rights of citizens, who would have been proud of how events are occurring around the #15M, #OccupyWallStreet and within Anonymous.
“Habrá un día en que todos al levantar la vista, veremos una tierra que ponga libertad.”
(There will be a day when everyone, as they look up, will see a land where there is liberty.)
José Antonio Labordeta
Knowledge is Free
We are Anonymous
We are Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget