Edinburgh march in solidarity with Spanish Real-Democracy-Now! protests

22nd May, 2011:
Hundreds, overwhelmingly Spanish, marched in Edinburgh Sunday evening in Solidarity with the demonstration in Madrid.

Meanwhile, back in Spain ...

BBC: Spanish polls to open amid mass protests


The protest in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square has remained peaceful
 
Spain is poised to begin voting in regional elections as thousands of young protesters remain camped out in squares across the country. Demonstrators are angry at the government's economic policies and Spain's high youth unemployment rate. Their numbers have swelled despite a ban on political protests ahead of elections. The governing Socialists are expected to suffer major losses in voting for city councils and regional governments. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government is struggling to overcome recession and create jobs. In the capital Madrid, about 30,000 people have occupied the central Puerta del Sol square. Similar protests, popularly known as M-15, have sprung up in many other cities including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Bilbao.

This is not the first occasion of Scottish / Spanish solidarity in the cause of democracy.

Many years ago, Scottish volunteers serving with the International Brigade fought on the side of the Spanish republic which was under attack from the fascist General Franco.


International Brigade veterans Bob Doyle, Jack Edwards and Jack Jones with the banner of the British Battalion of the International Brigade, at the unveiling of a monument in Belfast on 12 October 2007, dedicated to the Irish volunteers who served with the XV International Brigade.

The Scots who fought Franco - Hosted on YouTube as a 10-video playlist (94 minutes).

"The Scots Who Fought Franco" was broadcast on Scottish Television, STV on 13th & 20th August 2009.

A poignant and compelling look at the extraordinary role Scots played in the Spanish Civil War. Through previously unseen archive interviews, those who were there tell their stories of idealism, hope and horror. Their incredible contribution is charted through interviews with experts and relatives, and footage of Spanish battlefields - as they were then, and now.

"Though they could not defeat Franco, the Scots who went to Spain had squared up to fascism before the rest of the world got around to it. Scotland can be proud of them."

Comments

Re: Edinburgh march in solidarity with Spanish Real-Democracy-No

By Anonymous

The Lion Rampant is a Royalist flag. Ironic.

Re: Edinburgh march in solidarity with Spanish Real-Democracy-No

By Anonymous

the spanish protest is going nowhere, unless they want to return to the peasant squalor of of the pre franco era

Anonymous wrote:

The Lion Rampant is a Royalist flag. Ironic.

Re: Edinburgh march in solidarity with Spanish Real-Democracy-No

By Leticia

keep on going!

REAL DEMOCRACY NOW!

 

 
“Cambiar el mundo, amigo Sancho, que no es locura ni utopía. ¡Sino justicia! (Miguel de Cervantes)