Spain’s government is drafting a law that bans the photographing and filming of members of the police. The Interior Ministry assures they are not cracking down on freedom of expression, but protecting the lives of law enforcement officers. …
The new Citizen Safety Law will prohibit “the capture, reproduction and editing of images, sounds or information of members of the security or armed forces in the line of duty,” said the director general of the police, Ignacio Cosido. He added that this new bill seeks to “find a balance between the protection of citizens’ rights and those of security forces.”
The dissemination of images and videos over social networks like Facebook will also be punishable under the legislation.
“Oh it could never happen here.” That’s what the Spanish used to think. Now look at them.
Note the language of the law. It’s the Citizen Safety Law. Bullshit! It has nothing to do with the safety of citizens. It about making sure that people do not record the unlawful acts of their own government.
In case you don’t know, Spain is going through a tough time right now because for years and years they spend more money than the had. They go too far into debt and now they have to pay the bills. The austerity measures are not very popular. So people have been taking to the streets. The government don’t like that.
Keep this in mind as we start having to pay down our own debt. Something is going to have to give… People are going to take to the streets. There may very well be some violent confrontations between people and police. Those confrontations need to be public. Not limited to what the government, a/k/a The Ministry of Truth, tells us what happened.
It can happen there… it can happen here. Prepare yourself.
Police are trying to clear out the massive anti-austerity demonstration that engulfed Spain’s federal district this evening.
via Business Insider.
Follow the link for photos. This is us in a few years. There’s no other way.
In a scene that looks more like Gaza than Spain, striking coal miners armed with homemade rockets and slingshots clashed with police Friday, leaving seven people injured– two of them seriously– the Interior Ministry said.
The strike is the latest and the most violent of many in Spain in reaction to harsh austerity measures aimed at digging the debt-burdened country out of its financial crisis.
Where’s the MSM on this?
And what do you think it will be like when it’s our turn? When we have to make the tough decisions and begin cutting programs? Will there be violence?
European markets took a big hit today, obliterating any hope generated by yesterday’s rally. Contagion is back, baby! …
Italy and Spain led the downward trend, with the latter index briefly down over 4 percent. Yields on Spanish government bonds continued to push 6 percent, but did not exceed that benchmark level.
via Business Insider.
The wheels are falling of the bus. Italy and Spain will soon be Greece, Ireland is not far behind. The Germans cannot afford to bail-out all of the Eurozone. They too will fall if pushed much further.
Our own demise is not much farther away. The debt is staking up with no end in site. Investors have to make the choice of holding Europe’s bad paper or the U.S.’s bad paper. They’ll choose to hold neither.
Good time to get into the long term commodity market.
Spanish trade unions are holding a general strike across the country today to protest new labor reforms, and by all accounts it has been a largely peaceful protest.
While for the most part conditions on the ground are relatively normal, photos from Madrid, Barcelona, and Pamplona indicated that some young protestors are escalating the angst, painting symbols supporting anarchy on walls, and causing small bouts of destruction.
Such events are reminiscent of similar protests in Syntagma Square, Greece, where groups of youthful protestors turned riotous despite generally calm strikes.
Two major points give us particular trepidation: the fact that these and similar protests closely resemble early protests in Greece a few years ago—when almost no one realistically considered the possibility of a Greek debt restructuring—and the sheer scale of Spanish youth unemployment.
As in Greece, young people have been seen as responsible for escalating peaceful political protests to violent riots. Spain’s unemployment data suggest that protests there could eventually be much larger—nearly half of young people are already unemployed and they face a tough future and a shrinking social safety net amid economic contraction and austerity measures.
via Business Insider.
For sixty years liberals and academics have been telling us to be more like Europe. This has been a mistake.
The only way for our youth (especially minority youth) is to improve our schools, reduce government waste, and grow the private sector so our newly educated children can get jobs. But our schools are current not providing the education needed in order to succeed. That needs to change.
In the meantime… we need the unions, religion, politicians, and community organizers to begin an honest dialog — toning down the language (e.g. denouncing the #KillZimmerman hashtag) and finding productive ways to work together instead of just yelling at each other.