On Sunday 11th June, another demonstration of the "15-M" anti-austerity movement took place in Edinburgh. At the same time, more than 200,000 marched in cities across Spain. This was the latest in a series of under-reported actions that have included the blockade of the Catalan parliament and long-running occupations of city squares.
In Edinburgh people gathered outside St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile, with handmade placards and banners with slogans like "we are not goods in the hands of politicians & bankers". From there, they marched down the Mound to a rally on the plaza, with a brief pause outside the Bank of Scotland's famous HQ ("come & see what a million pounds looks like," it says).
At the rally, an English translation of a manifesto and "who we are" leaflet was read out. A speaker also called for support of public sector workers striking on June 30th.
Whether because of the chilly weather or other factors, the march was smaller than in previous weeks, though the anger remains real. Now that the initial rush of energy from Spain has passed, groups within the movement are working hard to build links with Scottish people who share their aim of fighting austerity, political privilege and the corporate takeover of democracy.
To Get Involved:
- The next meeting in Edinburgh is at 6pm on Thursday 23rd June at the Arts Complex, 151 London Road.
- There's an email announcements list: http://groups.google.com/group/realdemocracyscotland?hl=en
- And an active Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_202660373103298&ap=1