World 3/5-12 20:20

Spanish protester: Stupid projects and corruption

Pablo
Pablo Rodrigues' diagnosis of Spain comes from his safe Copenhagen abode
‘Indignados’ student points to a bankrupt democratic system and politicians’ personal luxuries

It is not the anonymous forces of the market that has crippled Spain. It is a corrupt clique of politicians, bankers and financial institutions. This is the sharp diagnosis of 24-year old Pablo Rodriguez from Léon, studying a year at the University of Copenhagen.

»It is a catastrophe,« he says. Politicians’ mismanagement have taken the country to social and economic ruin, and my generation faces unfair work conditions, unemployment and ultimately, emigration, he adds. »There are barely any jobs, and those that are available are humiliating one such as ‘eternal’ traineeships and 'volunteer' work. And there is no chance to plan your personal future,« he says to the University Post.

Last year, Pablo joined the wave of indignado protests that swept through the Spanish cities. »I joined because I identified with the protest and the means used at the beginning, namely the non-violent concentration of people on the main squares of the towns,« adding that he »felt like being part of a moment of awakening,«. Pablo adds that »once things turned violent I no longer identified with it«.

Read also: Pain in Spain will not go away.

Politicians mouthing off

Most important for Pablo is the call for a change in the voting laws, and a stronger fight against corruption.

In the Spanish democracy, your vote counts differently depending where they live. »This gives people a sense that they are not represented by politicians,« he explains.

»Another thing is the corruption that exists among Spanish politicians and the abuse of public money for stupid projects or for personal luxuries«. Protests were also against the power that banks and financial institutions have over people’s daily decisions, he says. Protesters are fed up with all this, and they feel this is not real democracy, »however politicians mouth off about democracy and social rights,« he says.

His perspective on Spain’s future is grim: »I think that Spain will stagnate. Many in the younger generation will emigrate, because there is no solution in the short term. But I wish I was wrong.«

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Comments

When you were voting...

By Razvan on 7. May 2012, 12:05.

...for socialists and other left parties you never thought on long term...this was not going to last for ever...living on debt. Now the pay off time has come. No jobs, no money. Capitalism would have worked better with the right on power. But you have chosen taxes on taxes and benefits...as much. In a way is also your fault...and your socialist fellows. They ruined Europe. And seems like people don't even realize it (see France today). In 5 years France will follow Spain. Socialism is dead. You should understand. There is no way back. Internationalization and globalization is unstoppable. We like it or not. Now, the question is how fast we can adapt...or not. Like in evolution.
The question is here what exactly you can work with your degrees and not the degrees in themselves. Simple papers. Can you really provide something added in the society with these papers or not? If not...too bad...you should have become carpenters. shepherds.

Spain is not the only one

By Mauro on 4. May 2012, 21:28.

Our Latin American countries suffer from the same cancer: corrupt politicians that thinks more about themselves than the people. But those are not the only problems we have that are related with corruption, Including giving away the countries to USA.
There are a few questions I have been asking myself: Why people let this happen? How would it be possible to solve this problem?
Talking with my Colombian friends, we all share, in general, the same points of view. But never a bright answer comes to answer the aforementioned questions...

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