Sunday, July 29, 2012

Catalan Countries / Spain: citizens take over town hall against budgetary cuts

Citizens of the Valencian town of Vinaròs, ruled by Juan Bautista Juan Roig (Spanish conservatives - PP) took over the town hall on Thursday 26th, when the council was met to pass budgetary cuts. For the first time in decades the meeting was called off. 

A new town council meeting will take place tomorrow 30th at 20:00 CET and the corresponding new demonstration has been called for the occasion. 

Municipal councils are elected every four years but there is no mechanism to enforce the will of the people if a town hall decides to ignore it. No elections will take place in three and a half years under the law. But what is the law when it clashes frontally with the will of the citizenry? 

In truth, the revolutionary cry of "they do not represent us!", so often heard these days in Spanish, Catalan and Galician protests, actually hints at one of the main problems with the bourgeois "democratic" system: how does the people make sure that elect representatives do as they promised to the citizenry and not as commanded by others, few in number but with deeper pockets, who might bribe or blackmail them?

Bourgeois indirect "democracy" is in crisis. Direct democracy is not just needed but technically possible nowadays.

See: video

Source: Insurgente.

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