Protesting Spanish Cops: "Forgive Us For Not Arresting Those Truly Responsible For This Crisis: Bankers & Politicians"

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Yesterday, in what is an appetizer to the great 2013 convergence trade (that, between the now thoroughly dead Greek and the Spanish economy, which is rapidly getting there, of course), several thousand Spanish policemen took the streets of Madrid protesting the latest round of austerity, which included frozen pensions and the elimination of the Christmas bonus (they will have many more opportunities to protest not only the loss of any future upside, but the eventual cut of existing wages and entitlements). As RT reports, protesters blew whistles, shouted slogans, and carried anti-austerity banners as they marched through the city centre to the interior ministry. But perhaps the most telling message read on one of the slogans, was the following: "Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians."

And there you have the entire current clusterfuck summarized in one simple sentence: because as long as those responsible for the ongoing economic collapse, which will inevitably end in war as many have observed, Kyle Bass most recently, are not only not arrested but preserve their positions of power, any and all change will merely be cosmetic and any real change will only affect the bank accounts of the global middle class which are slowly but surely drained to zero.

More from RT:

The Spanish government has imposed harsh spending cuts aimed at saving 150 billion euros between 2012 and 2014. The move has been met with anger and protests from hundreds of thousands of Spanish citizens.

 

The austerity measures are in exchange for a rescue loan of up to 100 billion euros from the EU to help the country’s stricken banks.

 

"The problem is they take from us to give to others, like the autonomous regions and the banks," 33-year-old police officer Antonio Perez told AP.

 

But it’s not just their pay the police are worried about. 

 

A spokesman for Spain’s Unified Police Union, Jose Maria Benito, said the cuts will affect the nation’s security, adding that working conditions have become more precarious and law enforcement equipment was no longer up to standard.

 

“We are here to tell the government that security has to be its priority…in socially convulsive times, we need an adequate police response,” Benito told AP. He added that 15,000 workers who have left the force were not going to be replaced.

 

"Each year, between 1,500 and 2,000 police officers retire and 125 are recruited, which means in three or four years, there will be more insecurity and crime in Spain," the union’s general secretary Jose Maria Sanchez Fornet said in a speech.

A picture summary of the event:

Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
 Spanish police officers hold a banner of the Unified Police Union (SUP) depicting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and Spain?s leader of the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and reading "They are the same" during a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers hold a banner of the Unified Police Union (SUP) depicting Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and Spain's leader of the opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba and reading "They are the same" during a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers hold banners of the Unified Police Union (SUP) and a giant banner reading "Against the cuts, all the policemen together" as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers hold banners of the Unified Police Union (SUP) and a giant banner reading "Against the cuts, all the policemen together" as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers march past police vehicles as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government?s latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)
Spanish police officers march past police vehicles as they take part in a demonstration against the Spanish government's latest austerity measures in the center of Madrid on November 17, 2012 (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)

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archon's picture

This is now a serious issue because the cops just realized they won't get their pensions.

Urban Redneck's picture

Several years ago the unions supported Zapatero en masse when he was promising to reduce housing prices and build more homes... 

Why can't anyone just be happy when a politician actually delivers on a promise?

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Why can't anyone just be happy when we shoot all the Central Bankers?

fixed

NidStyles's picture

^^ How odd, you advocate openly the use of violence.

Tsukato's picture

Why are you such a sad little backbiting cunt?

JPM Hater001's picture

Rule 1 for global dominance...pay your thugs ontime.

q99x2's picture

They can offer their security teams coke and hookers and then arrest them. If police start banging pans together that usually works if you just want to drive a bankster out of its nest. Although a pesky vermin like Rajoy might have to be arrested and deported. He gets paid enough to act brave (stupid).

Obama is going to the South East Asia to try to get naval bases established to protect the oil reserve fields from China in the South China Sea. He is one stupid NoWO chaotist (dumbfuck).

monad's picture

Even the cops know that if they arrested them, they will pay the judges & lawyers to let them out & then punish the cops who arrested them in the first place, maybe fire them and their bosses too, to make sure the cops know not to do it again.

Sign could say, "Honk if you want us to execute the bankers and politicians who destroyed civilization". So why bother making signs and marching? Same reason they didn't just do it already. They need a well advertised list of names, photos & addresses with the number of victims and amount stolen by each criminal, to prioritize their work.

zuuuueri's picture

exactly.. what's this 'forgive us' BS, fucking go and arrest them already! then we'll talk!
otherwise you're more public-money parasites sucking down a salary even while you march down the street bitching about your pensions!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

For those with little knowledge of The Clash (and Joe Strummer) this song was famously misunderstood. Strummer meant to encourage white folk to rise up against their leaders/banksters. The people of color were already in the streets over oppression, Strummer meant to see working whites demand fairness and justice, whatever that might have meant.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Black or white, the people are going to do away with central banking and their interest earning,  property and resource theft scam

Insideher Trading's picture

I don't know if the police in Spain are like the police here in America but I can say with certainty 95% of the police where I live don't do a fucking thing but sit around blind corners and collect revenue from unsuspecting drivers minding their own business.

Completely support the police but we have too many. There was a time when they were called peace officers, and today they are mostly revenue generators. At the end of the day the citizens who fell victim to hurricane Sandy were left to defend themselves. My advice is to familiarize yourself with a weapon, because in the future if you need an officer, there's a good chance one won't be there.

 

Winston Churchill's picture

I remember getting a parking ticket at 2am in NW Washington DC.

That same night there were 14 shootings in SE DC ,where police fear

to patrol the steets at night.

nmewn's picture

No shit.

My wife just got a $104 no seat belt ticket two days ago. They're like a pack of highway robbers sitting along the roadside at every town & cross road.

We could live comfortably without 3/4 of them.

Insideher Trading's picture

When I was in San Diego I got a $250 ticket from a cop for drinking a 6 pack on the beach with my girlfriend.

...land of the free

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Yesterday in Compton I got a $341 ticket for driving my zero-emission-vehicle in the zero-emission-vehicle lane. Copsuckers...

nmewn's picture

Yes...land of the free my ass.

They offer you the "security" of knowing you will be bled out slowly over time instead of taken out back and shot quickly.

I'm under no illusions that they are being told in these economic times that "If you like your job, you better write some tickets." But they are going to have to decide which side they're on.

fonzannoon's picture

I got a cell phone ticket in NY. $250. i deserved it. no excuses. but i figured on one thing, lazy cop. so i went to court. my cop never showed up. case dismissed. i'd say in at least 60% of the cases, right or wrong, the cop was absent.

nmewn's picture

Thats just it fonz, its not your fault, its a stupid law to begin with.

There was law already on the books for erratic driving...if a cell phone or whatever...made you swerve all over the highway you can be pulled and ticketed. Just driving down the road, minding your own business, seatbelt or not, cell phone or not...is not endangering anyone.

Next they'll ban car radios or GPS as "distractions"...it never fucking stops until we stop it!

fonzannoon's picture

I was going to change that aspect of my comment but I decided to leave it to see if someone called me out on it. I'm glad you did.

nmewn's picture

;-)

You keep pitchin em and I'll keep hittin em...lol.

It really has gotten ridiculous...no one can walk down the street (let alone drive) without breaking some law.

And don't even get me started on cops taking their cars home (burning MY gasoline, in MY police car, on MY roads) only to have them come flying by me doing 80 mph because they're late for work the next morning.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Our founding fathers looked their comrads in the eye and pulled the trigger, only to see a Redcoat lay dead on the ground in a pool of his own red blood.

Expect change in 2013, if I were a cop I think I would start looking for safer job...

fonzannoon's picture

A cop in front of me about 3 months ago hit it's lights and pulled an illegal U turn to get into the parking lot of a bagel store in the middle morning traffic.  Everyone came to a screetching halt so this fat fuck could get his bagel. So I made the same U turn right behind him and parked next to him. He was so freakin mad LOL but he had nothing to say.

vast-dom's picture

YOU ARE ALL FUCKING GUILTY UNTIL YOU CAN'T BE FINED, TAXED, EXTRACTED FROM. YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A WALKING $ SIGN FOR THE STATE. THAT IS IT. AND THE STATE IS SO OUT OF CONTROL CENTRALIZED AND READY TO BLEED YOU VIA COPS, IRS, FED, WALL ST, ETC. ONLY TRUE CAPITALISM CAN ENSURE PERSONAL FREEDOM BUT THE PLANET IS TURNING TO WELFARE AND EQUILITY WHICH MEANS YOU WILL FUCKING YIELD TO THE BOOT AND BATON AND GUN.

 

Glad you beat the ticket Fonz. But they still robbed you of whatever time they extracted from your limited finite life. 

 

Several years ago i received a JAYWALKING ticket in Los Angeles crossing a street that did not have a car in sight. I'm a New Yorker. I almost went to jail for assaulting a cop. Yeah I can afford the best lawyer and the pig was just doing his job after all....man I was heated....

A Nanny Moose's picture

The more laws there are, the more criminals there will be.

Mesquite's picture

Also always thought it strange that others have used mobile radios forever..

That 'others' = Ambulance, Fire, Tow Truck, Taxi, Service trucks, and yes, Police..And other Agents..

But it's ok for them to be on the radio while driving...Hmmm 

Insideher Trading's picture

Those tickets help pay their pensions and they know that, that's the problem.

At the end of the day it's not entirely their fault, it's the politicians who wrote all the punitive laws under the guise of it being 'for our own safety'. It's like a lawmaker trying to ban guns because guns kill. Well if guns kill, pencils misspell words and spoons make people fat. I'm a grown man, the last thing I need is for some fucking politician to tell me what's for my own good or what's safe for me. I'm getting really sick of this shit.

masaccio's picture

Must be tough to see your country taken away from your, loser.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Why the FUCK are the cops protecting the CRIMINALS?

honestann's picture

Because the criminals sign their paychecks.  Plus, most cops these days are thugs, and like to harm and intimidate people.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

If the cops protected and served the people, they would still get paid. They're just a bunch of chicken shit mother fuckers, that's all.

A Nanny Moose's picture

There isn't as much revenue in prevention.

fonzannoon's picture

Once their comp is on the line they are as absent of any morality and dignity as any banker is. It's the same shit.

Jugdish's picture

Cops are notoriously violent and aggressive towards female companions. One lady gave me 1,000$ table, 400$ lawnmower, and 800$ washer/dryer because her cop finacee beat her and she wanted no thought of him to remain. She had to hide at the women's shelter for weeks with other women that had  their asses kicked by their cop boyfriends. I often look at cops and see a cocktail of steriods, viagra, and propecia, a dangerous combination, makes for a very toxic human-being.

Cops are nothing more than revenue enforcers for your Rothschild, UCC, legalized slave system. They are scum. Notice if your community is like mine, they all have new cars and there are more and more of them and the local corrupt bureaucrats can't get elected to the public graft commission without the blessing of the local Police "Benevolent" Association or other union.

booboo's picture

WHAT! You mean collecting the kings ransom from debt slaves traveling on the Kings Highway is not their job, blasphemy!! Arrest this man.

archon's picture

HA! The police in Spain are nowhere near as good-for-nothing as the cops in the US.  And yes, there are way too many of them, too - every time I get back from overseas I feel like I'm comong home to a godd@mn police state.  I can go for days overseas and see only a handful of cops... I come back to the US and there's one on every other street corner, writing random tickets to honest citizens in-between their donut breaks.  "Protect and Serve" my @ss - they just tasered a guy in Tampa who was trying to keep his house from catching fire.  F*ck all of them.  Yes, all of them, because if any of them were worth a d@mn, the "good" ones should be arresting the bad ones.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Cops protecting the criminals.

The same criminals that are stealing EVERYTHING from us, and blowing the limbs off innocent children, even babies, so they can continue their theft spree of wealth and resources.

Justice will be served quickly, severely and permanently

Soon, very soon...

jimijon's picture

I live in Chicago. You can't (illegal) to carry a weapon to protect yourself against the revenu collectors. However, I always notice that our big wig politicians always surround themselves with gun carrying protectors. 

Do as we say, dare I say it... bitchez!

Abitdodgie's picture

Police are the new terrorists.

Silver Garbage Man's picture

Maybe this is why DHS bought a billion rounds of hollow point.
Only a matter of time before this gets way too close to home.

mumcard's picture

It's too bad (a good thing) they didn't read Unintended Consequences.  Those 9mm/.40 cartridges don't reach out very far...., well not far enough anyhow.

EnslavethechildrenforBen's picture

Apparently they only plan on rounding up city folk.

Us country folk use .223 and 9mm wouldn't even get near us.

Any of you city folk that cuurently have guns might consider trading it in for a rifle with a scopehttp://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse/hunting-optics-riflescopes/_/N-

 

CunnyFunt's picture

If people can't be trusted with 20oz soft drinks, do you think Bloomberg would allow rifles in his urban paradise? You can't even keep an air gun in NYC. The ducks are already lined up in many U.S. cities ...

 

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