spanish politics in the streets

DSC02054“Here they rob you”

The other day I spoke to a student who comes from Spain and just spent a month there for the holidays, but did not respond too enthusiastically to my cheerful question: “How was your Christmas?” She said that it was a sad time to visit, with the economic crisis still as bad as ever, family members still being laid off from their jobs. We talked a little bit about the situation, how she is optimistic about the current president, and I recalled how the tension over the crisis was visible in the streets when I was in Spain last summer.

The protests took various forms, from several marches I saw (with people chanting “No al rescate” — No to the bailout, among more colorful things) to signs in the windows of people’s homes and businesses, to simple messages written in chalk on the sides of banks like “La Caixa” and “Santander.”

DSC02084 “Bailout? No thanks”


A bar in San Sebastian advertised its “precios anti-crisis.” From coffee to a pintxo to a glass of wine, most things are only 1 euro.

DSC02201 In Pamplona, the windows of a school had little banners with a crossed-out pair of scissors: against the cuts in government spending in education.

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