Spain: 15-M movement continues despite the ban on demonstrations
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Spain: 15-M movement continues despite the ban on demonstrations

Lorca : Spain | May 20, 2011 at 5:29 AM PDT
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Thousands of protesters of the Real Democracy Now group demonstrate at the Puerta del Sol square

Although the government threatened to fine a thousand euros for defying the ban, autoconvocados citizens are expected Saturday. The entire world there are replicas of the act



The Electoral Board agreed to ban Central by a single vote the demonstrations called for Saturday , a day of reflection throughout Spain. The Government is now up the difficult task of deciding how to execute the eviction order concentrates on many ciudades.ï »

A spokesman for the concentrates in G, Jerome has said the decision did not seem "neither good nor bad" and that any resolution is expected . After the assembly on Wednesday night and the meeting of the legal committee of the Movement 15-Me, "", a spokesman has reported that Saturday will not be officially convened a demonstration but collectively exercise their right to reflection, "avoiding reference to voting and political parties."

At the next meeting to be held at midnight on Friday, "will clarify everything." Ï »¿The statements of the organization are increasingly vague and try to avoid making direct statements that may be interpreted in a so overwhelming.

The decision to ban the protests of the Board was taken by five votes to four against and one abstention . The Supreme Court Luciano Varela (progressive and instructor of the case against the historical memory Garzón) and José Manuel Maza (conservative) wrote two separate dissenting. Among the four against the proposed ban include professors at the time by the PSOE.ï »

"In the days of reflection and vote our electoral law forbids taking any action or propaganda campaign. Also on the ballot prohibiting form groups likely interfere in any manner, access to polling places and the presence in the vicinity of those who may hinder or coerce the free exercise of the right to vote , "says the resolution.

Continues to assert that "all these legal measures are aimed at ensuring the full freedom to exercise the fundamental right to vote enshrined in Article 23 of the Constitution, as stated in settled constitutional jurisprudence. In this case, the Board believes that, regardless quality of the subject's request issuance of voting for candidates competing for an electoral process, and the invitation to exclude any such applications in the exercise of voting behavior is not in accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act and that exceeds the constitutionally guaranteed right to demonstrate. "

That is, consider that it is no longer asked to vote on certain options and, therefore, it affects the campaign. The decision was adopted by a single vote, after an afternoon of deliberation. According to the resolution, the Movement rallies and demonstrations of 15-M can not be concluded between midnight on Saturday, a day of reflection, up to 24 hours Sunday, end of the day of voting on regional and municipal. Up to that point had failed the provincial boards, with conflicting decisions.

Expression beyond the election

"We expected any resolution. We did not expect so many people come and has come," said Jerome, a spokesman for the Movement, who has made ​​clear that they did not summon any demonstration on Saturday.

Nor will appeal to people to stop going to the Puerta del Sol: "Everyone has his father and mother. The future of this concentration will be discussed at the meeting this morning and will decide what's where do on Saturday and Sunday. "

He also wanted to remember that this movement did not arise in view of the May 22 elections, so that it would be crazy not to continue from next Monday. "It's a decision we make together, but there are no reasonable grounds to stop to meet after Sunday, "said Jerónimo.ï» ¿ï »¿

The Government must decide how to execute the order of the Board

For his part, Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, a visit to Lorca (Murcia), had said before meeting the resolution was pending at the Board of Elections to adopt or not to evict the protesters but it warned that the police are to solve problems and not create them: "The philosophy of the police is based on three performance standards: proceedings consistent, timely and proportionate."

The ban, if anything, has become final. The Madrid Provincial Electoral Board had decided shortly before six p.m. ratify the decision taken yesterday by the chairman of the agency, Jesús Ángel López Guijarro. The law authorizes the president to act alone, but then has to endorse at a meeting of the Board with the approval of the majority of voting members. The Board has given its approval to the votes of four of the five members entitled to voto.ï »¿ï» ¿The members appointed by the PSOE and the PP have supported the ban and the only dissenting vote that has been is one of the members court, Judge José Manuel Arias Rodriguez, who complains that yesterday was not convene a meeting of the Board for the tomasen decision from the beginning, all miembros.ï »¿ï» ¿

Provincial Electoral yesterday banned camping in Madrid, Seville and Granada, but were authorized in Valencia . ï »¿ï» Through the Internet are collecting signatures to call for permitanï », of which already have gotten of 90,500, less than five hours before the institution could decide. At half past six p.m. had more than 113,000.

To hold a demonstration should be communicated to 10 business days prior to the Delegation of the Government , except to argue that it is urgent, so the limit is reduced to 24 hours. In addition to walking just in time, the law prohibits carrying out any act of protest on a day of reflection before municipal and regional elections on Sunday.However, the Constitutional Court admitted in a 2010 statement, which includes statements that may be made ​​in a day of reflection, whatever they are, whenever the capacity of these to influence the electorate is "remote"

Expressions of outrage resist in the Puerta del Sol, despite the ban and rain. If they were mainly young people in contact with social networks that kept alive the wick between Sunday and Tuesday, from Wednesday afternoon are also the largestthose who have jumped on the bandwagon of protest, which intends to continue until the elections next May 22.

Beyond Sol

The Puerta del Sol Madrid is now the heart of the protest. But the movement continued to spread yesterday touring all over Spain . In Bilbao gathered 800 people, in Valencia,1,000; in Seville , 500. There were also hundreds of people in places of Granada ,Santiago , A Coruña , Vigo, Pontevedra.ï "What Sun also are also very proud that their claims have spread to other European cities such as Lisbon, Budapest, Berlin, Athens or Montpellier , where concentrations have been called in front of Spanish embassies and consulates. This morning's protest has also reached Mexico City and in the afternoon of Thursday, the Plaza de Mayo in the capital of Argentina saw a demonstration of Spanish citizens living in that country.

Those protesters who choose not to obey the order of the Central Electoral Board and focus despite the ban on electoral commit a breach of an administrative nature that are punishable by fines of between 100 and 1,000 euros, in the opinion of other lawyers consulted by Europa Press .

Experts point out that the Organic Law on General Elections (LOREG) Article 153 provides that "any violation of the mandatory standards set that constitutes an offense shall be punished by the competent Electoral Board" and provides for fines of between 100 individuals and 1,000 euros.

Thus, in the opinion of Judge Joaquín González Casso, a member of the board of the Association of Judges Francisco de Vitoria, the sanction could be imposed "in theory" any person who fails to obey the decision of the Board of Elections and not only to Protest organizers.

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