This short film chronicles the events of the past week in Spain, where hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of the government and an end to police brutality. Many of the protests ended in clashes with the police. Since the stand off began on September 25th , the images of police brutality have travelled the world over, shocking and inspiring people across Europe and leading to an international day of action on September 29th. This film tells the story of why so many people took to the streets and follows these events as they unfolded.
Students clash with a riot police vehicle during a demonstration against the government to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago (Reuters / Stringer)
Bano Rashid, was among the 69 people who shot dead a Labour youth camp on Utøya island by the far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik (22 July 2011). A few days later she was the first victim to be laid to rest. Her sister Lara, who survived the attack, and her parents, who had brought the family to Norway from Iraq in search of peace, are trying to cope with their loss.
The above video is from Valencia (Spain) and shows a protest that took place on July 14th. In Spain several coal miners continue to fight against the labour reform, and despite heavy police repression got wide public support. The Spaniards united continue to fight for more than a week against the culture of banking, corruption and greed that rules governments worldwide.
On June 7, 2012, about 70 women including 10 women from Fukushima did a “die-in” in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence to protest against the restart of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. Before the die-in, 10 Fukushima women visited the Cabinet Office and met with officials to submit a letter of requests addressed to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda. This video clip shows the words from the Fukushima women and part of the die-in.
Τhe legacy of December, June and Syntagma square is still hard to assess. Future social struggles, however, are surely bound to approach it again, in order to understand and, finally, transcend it…
A scene from the 1st Gay Parade festival of Thessaloniki (Greece) last Saturday. The ultra-conservative Orthodox archbishop of the city had opposed the parade. The few dozens of people on the other side of the police cordon are his followers who gathered to make a counter-protest. The thugs fired eggs and shouted homophobic slogans against the paraders. No injuries were reported.
Spanish miners cut off a highway, use homemade rocket launchers in the northern province of Asturias on Tuesday as part of nationwide strike action by unions opposed to government cuts. (June 12)
Greek member the neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, Elias Kasidiaris, attacks two leftwing politicians during a broadcast debate. Kasidiaris throws a glass of water against Rena Dourou (member of the left-wing party, Syriza) then repeatedly strikes Liana Kanelli from the communist KKE party. The incident happened after Dourou brought up Kasidiaris’s alleged involvement in an armed robbery in 2007.