One year ago, on February 15th, 2012, happened what was called Primavera Valenciana (Valencian Spring) in Valencia, Spain, (the city where I live), named so following the Arab Spring.
All started when a group of 20 minors, students of the school Lluis Vives, was protesting against the degradation of public education, since all the money is saving banks. Police arrested a minor, 15 years old, because the protest hadn’t been previously notified and the students cut the traffic during a pair of minutes.
The next day the students repeated the demonstration, much more crowded. Riot police answered charging against the students, leaving images of brutality that were soon seen all around the world.
|picture from hombresgrises.wordpress.com|
|Anna, 16 years old, begging not to be beaten|
As a normal person might guess -but not riot police nor their rulers, of course-, this caused a rise in demonstrations during the next days, from a group of twenty persons to thousands, and also solidarity demonstrations spread around Spain. The Police Chief who ordered the charges, Antonio Moreno, claimed that people protesting were “the enemy”.
|Demonstration in Sevilla – “I am the enemy too” (taken from wikimedia.org)|
One year later, Governemt continues saving banks, public education continues being dismantled, police continues to behave as in the years of Franco dictatorship, and the infamous Antonio Moreno was promoted… showing that police brutality, even against minors, is approved and rewarded by Spanish authorities. This is Spain, the country where beasts beat up minors and are rewarded for it.
Today it will be celebrated in Valencia a demonstration and a concert, in commemoration of the Valencian Spring, and the income will be used for the defense of those arrested during that week (40 persons) and penalised (231 fines, probably to save banks). I wonder if our enemy, the police, will attack again.