Criminalizing public meetings, expanding police powers and weaponry,
and applying anti-terrorist measures to street protests: it sounds
like Spain in the Franco years, but all of these measures have been
proposed in Spain in just the last couple of weeks. Far from being a
throwback to the years of dictatorship, these repressive
developments go hand in hand with the current economic crisis.
Considering the connection between the 15M plaza occupation movement
and the subsequent Occupy movement that spread to several countries
around the globe, between the March 29th general strike in Spain and
the upcoming May 1st general strike called in the United States,
between the brutal austerity measures implemented already a year or
two ago by the government in Madrid and the increasing signs of
shakiness from more stable EU countries such as France, Spain is, if
anything, ahead of the curve....