Is Europe ready for a revolution?

Since Mai 15 this year, young people are protesting all over Spain. In several other countries in Europe we have seen several groups of spanish students demonstrating as sympathy for their fellow countryman. About 45% the young people are without jobs. From the total labor force 20% is without jobs.

First of all, we should not compare this uprising with the revolutions in the Middle East and Africa. The people in these countries are fighting for freedom.They were suppressed for many years. Whole generations don’t know any better.

Or should we see the uprising in Spain as it is comparable with e.g. Tunisia? Is some cases we can. People are unhappy,they do not have a future perspective,no jobs and many of them are struggling everyday to make sure they can feed their families. They fear the future. Will they ever find dignity in a job? Will their children have an opportunity to study?

Another important element is fact that the security forces on plaza Cataluna in Barcelona shot with rubber bullets to clear the square. It started a few days ago by the riot police trying to undo the square from protestors by dragging them away or to use batons and the next phase was rubber bullets. What is next?

PM Zapatero  from the PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) lost in the last elections on Sunday May 22. He could not save Spain from the economic crisis. Instead of helping the young people and to offer better circumstances, he gave billions to the banks. The same institutions who are responsible for the crisis in the country. Big winner of the elections is Partido Popular. A right-wing party. Usually these political parties always support huge capitalistic companies. Why did tha nation voted for them? Was it out of protest? Will this Partido Popular, tear Spain out of the crisis? To my honest opinion I would say:”No”. Keeping this in mind, we may assume that the protests will continue for a long time.

More potential countries for an uprise are: Portugal, Greece and ,England,Ireland and Italy. They are going down slowly to the same situation as Spain.

Now the security forces in Spain shoot with rubber bullets, it will only be a matter of time before newschannels will report  the first dead student. Than what?…..

……Yes, Europe is ready for a revolution.

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  1. #1 by Brian Wakefield on May 27, 2011 - 3:38 pm

    You’re kidding yourself. They’re not that desperate. A revolution will only come when and if vast numbers are completely at the end of their tether.

    • #2 by Shadow© on May 27, 2011 - 5:58 pm

      I think can be a revolution in small areas, people are affected by the pressures of all kinds but I think it will take some time to organize a revolution in a wide range, it is not a guarantee but rather an uproar in city centers which often are failure of civil society and gain political power…

      I think so..

  2. #3 by Susan Safi on May 27, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    Thanks for this Farid,
    Have rubber bullets been used in recent times in Europe? It sounds so Israeli! I wonder what sort of ideoogies will come out of any such revolution in the countries you are mentioning. A population suffering so much and billions going to banks… alot like the US situation I think (?).
    Cheers Susan

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