Last week I talked about a new movement known as “#theSpanishrevolution” (or #15M’s movement among other) and, hopefully, you’ve heard something about it in your own country’s media. They say people got out in the street asking for a real democracy, they may have mentioned that happened right at the end of elections period… Here it’s known to be something “ruled by the young ones” and, of course, always tending to a “left-wing”… Not everything they say it’s true.
You may have heard something… or not.
I spent last week focusing on the issue. I spent many hours in the concentrations and meetings in Barcelona claiming for our rights, discussing many topics, reporting the actual facts to the people I know may not attend and learning a lot… being active is the best way to learn about something. It was exciting and moving seeing all the reactions from all over the world, and specially from my own city, from all kinds of people… This is a problem that affects us all and sharing and discussing was the main point to get the information. I was nicely surprised seeing the good organization of the meetings and all the collaboration offered by specialist on different matters: lawyers, doctors, educators, computer specialists (who have created a great net in the internet)… and NOT only left-wing… this is a movement we ALL do, together… to shows outrage.
I don’t want to go deep into political matters now, it’s not the place and my head is pretty tired after all these days, but I attended the meetings as a citizen, not as a photographer.
Last monday I seized a moment I had at midday to go and take some pictures, as a photographer. Families reading all the notes written by all kinds of people, children… even old people happy to see the movement, taking pictures and even crying (I myself couldn’t help having my eyes filled with tears reading a note from an old person saying “Young ones! I thought you were asleep. Thanks for waking up!” or “I tell my children we are trying to give them a better world”… and yes… I may be a bit “soft”, lately… ^^ but this is very touching.
Sharing From left to right: “Installing: Democrazy 2.0 …. 5%” “Error 404: Democracy not found”, “If you don’t let us dream, we won’t let you sleep”, “This movement must spread to the other European countries. We are all on the same boat” Working together. He was taking a picture of a sign saying “Revolution is not “botellón” (“botellón” is the word used when people gather in the street to drink alcohol. It’s illegal. They are promoting that this is not a party so they ask people not to come here and drink alcohol.)
(R)Evolution. “We are going slowly because we are going far” “Papers and rights for everyone”
If you want to read or get some more information about the #spanishrevolution you can search it in twitter (you may find many people talking and plenty of information in many languages) or the internet in general.