Enrique Collado, from the team “Amalgam-Convergence of Cultures” from Mollet del Vallés (Barcelona, Spain) talks about his experience after participating in the “camp” of Plaza Cataluña in Barcelona, with millions of people outraged about the course of the politic system.
I believe that what we have been waiting for the last 30 years (minimum) is here. From the 15M movement or as other says, Citizens in Movement because of their heterogeneity, we are witnessing (alive and direct) a new phenomenon and from that moment there will be a before and an after.
Some things have surprised me positively:
-The heterogeneity (edge, social level, ideological conceptions…) and the different sensibility of the people that participate. For example: I’ve talked with young people, with people older than me, homeless, people of high social level… and listened proposals from moderate people until proposals from people who don’t want to know anything about the system, not even to demand changes.
-The Active Non-Violence is present and completely assumed by the majority of the participants. For example: on Friday night someone broke a part of an enormous advertisement of a multinational company that is on a building located in one side of the square. Well, many people started to shout: Out, out… and someone of the organization went over there to stop them. Even though today, someone (on the same advertisement) replaced the slogan “Encara penses que les besties no estimen?” (Still think that the beasts don’t love?) for “Encara penses que els politics no ens timen?” (Still think that the politicians do not deceive us?) and the people applauded the occurrence. So the bad feelings were shelves and appreciated the good humour.
-The utmost respect for minorities. For example: at the assembly of Saturday 21st we were about three thousand. Well after one of the proposals in which only around forty or fifty people asked for a debate, and the debate was held.
-The organization. There are commissions for everything and for everyone with permanent volunteers or occasional ones. People that bring food, medicines… There is even a library in which one can leave or take books.
The proposal is:
To extend these to every country we could, that all humanist get integrated in assemblies that are starting to create in the neighbourhoods and that the interested in these initiatives promote the exchange of experiences.
Finally, I would like to mention that it is essential the attitude not only of giving, though doubtless we have a lot to give, but also to learn. And I can say that these days I’m learning a lot.
I think this is a social tsunami.
That our dreams of today become tomorrow realities! The god of power and money shall die and a new human being shall be born!
Photos of the camping at Barcelona: gallery 1 - gallery 2
More information about the camping at Barcelona: http://acampadabcn.wordpress.com/
Translated to English by Ruth Fuente