Courtesy of arribalosqueluchan
At the assembly this evening in Santa Cruz, it was decided that the camp would stay until the politicians that have been accused of corruption leave office. Could be a long stay indeed. Former mayor of Santa Cruz, Miguel Zerolo (Coalition Canarias) has long been under suspicion of underhand dealings with a large piece of real estate by the beach known as Las Terrasitas. He claims that the large stash of money in his bank account is there because he won the lottery….three times? Damn, I’m gonna get him to buy my lottery tickets from now on! Basically a plot of land next to Las Terrasitas beach, owned by the city of Santa Cruz was sold to a company that barely existed a week prior to the sale, a court has ruled that the council of Santa Cruz should get it’s money back, Zerolo doesn’t want it. It’s a lot more complicated that what i’ve written, but my point being is, Zerolo is a ‘diputado’ , which means he has a seat in the ‘chamber of deputies’, and he cannot be charged with a crime. You have to credit the authors of Spain’s constitution which permits such abuses of power. The same goes for the authors of our modern system of governance and it’s bending over to the economic lords, when they do something, they be thorough. No, wait, excuse me, but I thought this was a democracy, where every one is equal and freedom of speech is a fundamental brick of a said society is it not? Well I know it ain’t so, because here you are not allowed to cuss the king or the royal family. You could do time for saying that Juan Carlos is a $*&@p+*^!. It is shit like this that people want to change. In mainland Spain, the unemployment rate, at 20%, is the highest in Europe. In the Canary Islands it’s thirty percent. It’s shit like this that people want to change. Proper, accountability, real representation with the political establishment are some of what people are calling for. In most countries we have basically a two-party system and power usually bounces between them. They have had the control joystick between their dirty fingers for long enough now, and we know that it is right that we all have to steer the direction of our political boat. At the plaza where the Santa Cruz action is happening, we witnessed discussions among all present and anybody that wished to submit or discuss a proposal, was welcomed to the floor to express their ideas, suggestions etc. That’s what democracy looks like, something we participate it, not solely observe from afar.
More of what’s going on in Tenerife via acampadatenerife
Update: Barcelona resident, Filastine has posted about the uprising, see his log here. It’s a good insight for those English speakers/readers out here.