Originally Posted by Alcalaina
The stark contrast between the riots in England (I am deliberately not saying UK as I normally do) and the activities of the indignados
in Spain is brought home in this statement on non-violence, translated into English, from the Democracia Real Ya movement.
Read the whole essay here:
Notes on the non-violence of the 15-M movement
But you surely aren't comparing the two?
Those riots in Tottenham and elsewhere were acts of civil disorder, wanton destruction of public and private property, asssault and even murder.
The political element if any was miniscule. The full force of the law should be brought down on these thugs.
The 15M and indignados are a harmless bunch of (I guess) mainly middle-class young people with a political agenda, however ill-defined and as such should pose no threat whatsoever to society.
They have a legitimate grievance although as I have said I don't think they will achieve much by that sort of protest apart from indirectly causing between 30 - 90 million euros lost in revenue from businesses.
They are as different from the English yobs as chalk from cheese.