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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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Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:46 | 2993497 10mm
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Don't worry.Just glanced at the Fareek globilist show.Former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil advocating a VAT tax for here.They will get their fuckin money for sure.Were Euro now,too late. 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:55 | 2993556 Urban Redneck
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Banksters add NO VALUE, so of course they are all for a VALUE ADDED Tax.  And the sheeple are probably dumb enough to buy the sales pitch...

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:29 | 2993508 I am Jobe
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Spain needs DHS , nuf said. Send the pedophines over.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:08 | 2993524 JOYFUL
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Out of the crucible from whence came the most intense and prolonged resistance to the communo-fascistic juggernaut that shed the blood of so many in the C20th, a voice of sanity calls:  "They are the same"!

Say what you will about them being cops 'n all: that's a politically articulate statement which you would never hear come out of the mouth of one of the donut-guzzlers on the other side of the pond.

Somewhere in the debris of crushed hopes and mistaken strategies that was the Spanish Anarchist movement there still burn embers of the last and greatest movement to see through the haze of hebraic hegemonist dialecticism and shoot straight in both directions...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odrfx7WmNWQ&feature=related  \a las Barricadas -FAI\CNT anthem....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q52r7xMd3U&NR=1&feature=endscreen  Spain\Chick Corea Band.

Rise up my brothers.

 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:42 | 2993530 Seasmoke
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Too bad cops here are too stupid and jacked up on steroids to understand this. Oh well , they will pay the price in the end.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:44 | 2993537 Volaille de Bresse
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"They still can arrest those fuckers, so why march and hold a sign?"

 

Arrest them? What for? So they can be freed by corrupted lawyers and judges within days? A bluuet in the head is what needs to be done!

 

Revolution that's the word.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 11:58 | 2993568 fattail
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Speaking of the police state.... 

The best thing about hurricane sandy was to see  FEMA and our parasitic Police establishment be exposed as the abject failures that they are. 

FEMA couldn't get thirsty people bottled water 7 days after the hurricane.  The citizens of new jersey and long island were relegated to bats and machetes, because they chose to abdicate their second amendment freedom to the police, to keep the looters at bay.  I did not feel sorry for them.

I loved it... I only hope everyone else saw the failure of government the way i did.

i also no longer worry about federal martial law or other such nonsense, because if they cant save people who want to be saved, they will want no part of me.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:09 | 2993590 Seasmoke
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What I saw was even worse. They would not let people back into their homes for over a week and then looted the million dollar houses and had tow trucks steal the poor people's cars from their property and then hold for a ransom to get the flooded clunker back.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:32 | 2993634 mumcard
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Same as ancient Rome, when the treasury runs empty there is always pillaging and looting.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:06 | 2993851 10mm
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+1000 fattail

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 17:23 | 2994347 Peterus
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Most of them will keep shouting for more taxes (preferably - from other people) and "more protection". When a govt program fails it just gets a bigger budget. When it fails again it gets a bigger budget. When it fails again ... what was the definition of insanity?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:05 | 2993580 tooriskytoinvest
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PANIC TIME: Since November 11th (11:11) We Have Quakes of Mag. 6+ EVERY day! It’s NOT normal! Natural and Man-Made Disaters Everywhere, The Verge of Global War, and More… DOOM IS NOW!!!

http://investmentwatchblog.com/panic-time-since-november-11th-1111-we-have-quakes-of-mag-6-every-day-its-not-normal-natural-and-man-made-disaters-everywhere-the-verge-of-global-war-and-more-doom-is-now/

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:07 | 2993585 blueRidgeBoy
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How convenient for citizens of a democracy to blame those they elect instead of themselves for electing them.  I'm sure the 52% who voted for Obama will do the same, in good time.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:24 | 2993619 I am Jobe
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Average Amerikan has not idea of who the fuck they are voting for. Too much fucking inbreeding in the USSA.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 17:19 | 2994341 Peterus
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Public schools, indirect influence over MSM - how can they not vote for these guys?

Also, if Romney won what would be the difference? Obama was selling all the things that he is not actually delivering, pretty much the same thing was with Bush. Voting only goes that far.

This is high standard inedeed to demand from ordinary people to really get a full political literacy - and stop voting altogether, stop supporting the State immediately and refrom it to the bones. Out of all the countries that took flak in 2008 only Iceland went to (peacful) revolution and enacted some fundamental (actually they were not really major, but they did get to rewrite the Constitution - even if elected to not really change it that much) changes.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:23 | 2993616 Conax
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Tell these same cops they can keep half the fines they generate and they will be smashing faces, tasering kids and shooting dogs with enthusiasm once again. They're just ticked because the recession is finally costing them a few euros.  Welcome to our world, boys.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:31 | 2993630 Trichy
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Unlike most other western countries the politicians havent managed to break up the families in Spain, which I think will manifest itself in the political class finding it more and more difficult to protect themselves as police grow a conscience. If respect for family is bigger than the fear of losing your job they will have a peoblem.

As for the coming war, I am pretty sure it has already started as my guess is that it wont be north vs south, east vs west but the TPTB vs the people. Seen any drones today or cops with military gear?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:21 | 2993716 Abitdodgie
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You might want to do some reserch on the house explosion in indanapolis , may I say the first drone strike in Amerika.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:42 | 2993782 HalinCA
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This one?

 

House explosion in Merrilville, Indiana leads to evacuations

 

Propane gas assisted suicide ...

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:39 | 2993925 mumcard
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More likely a new version of jewish lightning.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:43 | 2993650 FiatFapper
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Sadly, g'ments around the World will pander to police demands in fear they won't have protection in the future against the populous.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:45 | 2993656 mumcard
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I think they'll turn to private security armed with force multiplying submachine guns.  What do they call Blackwater these days?

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:57 | 2993675 booboo
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Jerkwallow, A Farce for Global Goons

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 12:57 | 2993678 The Count
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Hmm the policmen dare say the truth? Time to replace them with cybermen!

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:10 | 2993859 10mm
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If the Police really spoke the truth and acted on it,they would of been replaced by now.Their just as much sheep as most.Their pockets are being dipped into,thats what it's really about with the signs,marches etc.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:04 | 2993686 wiebern
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Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:07 | 2993691 Jreb
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Busted.

 

Disclaimer: Long hand cuffs and rope.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:13 | 2993704 Mike2756
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Of course the unions weren't complicit in all this, lol.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:22 | 2993724 hustler etiquette
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"Let them march all they want as long as they continue to pay their taxes." - Alexander Haig

 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:28 | 2993738 mumcard
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oderint dum metuant for the modern age.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:38 | 2993768 HalinCA
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I recall the marches in the 80s over putting Pershing missiles in Europe.  Back then the Communist parties were behind all those marches since the missiles were aimed at Russia.

But these marches ... there are aimed at the centralized banking/political elite of the countries they are happening in, not some foreign enemy.  Of course the marchers derived benefit from the profligate ways that put us all here.  And unions are a big reason they are happening.

But aren't politicians like parents?  Isn't their first duty to say no to the voters?    Montesquieu said a republic's foundation was civic virtue.  Once that was lost the republic falls.  If politicians surrender civic virtue by pandering to the crowd, the foundation of self-governance erodes.  Lazy parents produce lazy children.  Does the phrase 'bread and circuses' mean anything to anyone?  We've had thirty years of that now.

For those thirty years the western world has 'inflated' its economic growth by borrowing against the future.  Truth be told we probably won the Cold War because of it, and we certainly have lived far better because of it.  But the piper now wants to be paid, and of course it will be the middle class that suffers since relatively they gained the most.  The 'rulers', as always, probably will escape.  But this time we know who they are, how they benefited, where they live, and they should be held accountable for not doing their most important job: upholding public virtue.  If they don't sacrifice some of themselves, the mob will take over the job of justice.

 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 13:45 | 2993790 mumcard
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Those Spanish cops should beware, I'm certain the banksters will want to declare war on them.  Take any reports of massive resources or WMDs being found in Spain with a grain of salt.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:17 | 2993872 nah
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the power of the state hard at work

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 14:21 | 2993876 Aurora Ex Machina
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According to BIS estimates of global aggregates, government bonds outstanding amounted to around $44 trillion in 2010, compared with $14.4 trillion at the beginning of 2000. Sovereign debt managers are therefore facing major challenges in managing a massive increase in the global stock of government debt, including huge uncertainty about the size of future budget deficits and their financing. There has been an increase in sovereign risk.

Do I look like a millionaire?

 

For our American viewers, these appear to be normal police, not riot police. There's a significant difference in Spain between the two, esp. in their historical roots (the riot police come from the ex-Fascist state apparatus, these protestors do not). Think the difference (or rather, back in the 1980's, they're all militarised now) between LAPD Swat teams and your average Smokey Bears.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 15:36 | 2994069 Uncle Remus
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Even your average smokey bears aren't. Example: while returning home from out of state, I stopped for fuel. In front of me at the next pump was an unmarked state trooper vehicle and a couple more marked state trooper vehicles were parked in front of the c-store. I could see a couple of troopers in uniforms talking to a military guy in BDU. The confab broke up and the BDU guy starts to walk to towards where I am refueling. He gets to the trooper vehicle in front of me and gets in to drive off. I noticed his state trooper patch as he did so. This is in flyover country.

Definitely a WTF moment.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 16:09 | 2994178 Aurora Ex Machina
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Yes, totally correct, I agree, thus my throw-back to the 1980's comment. My point was that Spain (and most other EU countries, barring arguably the UK with the privatised Corporation of Police comissioners *cough*) still has a strict delination between normal police, riot police and the military. If we were playing "where's the fault lines of soverign support", these protestors are more likely to side with the people than against the people.

 

Riot police in Spain? They're still missing Franco, so no. Spanish saying: "If you spot a member of the B.A.D (Brigada Anti Disturbios) in front of you, look quickly behind, because the other one is about to hit you over the head".

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 16:34 | 2994224 Uncle Remus
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Well, my understanding is that references to "smokey bear" generally refer to (American) state police, specifically the highway patrol, and their ubiquitous use of a "Smokey Bear" or campaign hat. From that perspective, comparing LA swat and Smokey bear seems incongruent.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 16:46 | 2994255 Aurora Ex Machina
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Ya, it was more a nod to this, and the relative points of US vrs EU policing. I was comparing them to compare the old view of "good old boys" and the new militarised police (I think vets call them something disparaging when they get into their combat fatigues, but can't dig the reference at the moment).

It should seem incongruent ~ the Spanish police protesting here are unarmed, usually useful and over-all much more aligned with a civilised state than... either the B.A.D or Swat teams. In Spain, there's a cultural chasm between the two, and the majority of the "people" really don't like the riot squads. These protestors? They'll support them.

 

Synposis: these police have always been thought of as aligned "for the people" in game terms. It's not a major shift in alignment or anything else.

 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 16:26 | 2994207 resurger
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respect

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 16:38 | 2994229 who_farted
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Slowly but surely the parasitic system will inveitably consume itself. 

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 18:11 | 2994451 roadhazard
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You will never see a, "forgive us" sign in the US. The pigs are on the inside.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 21:01 | 2994765 mumcard
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They are all expendable to the elites.  Maybe some of them will figure it out, if not, there aren't enough of them to matter.

Sun, 11/18/2012 - 19:50 | 2994639 GreatUncle
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A thought for a Spanish policeman or one in any other country.

Is it to late to arrest them now?

 

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 03:37 | 2995287 toomanyfakecons...
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Why should they be forgiven? Should the men and women in our military whose job it is to arrest an illegitimate Commander in Chief be forgiven for failing to do so? What about Federal Marshalls that do not act? What about anyone who does not act?

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 03:40 | 2995288 NidStyles
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The State protesting the State. This will not end up anywhere meaningful.

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 08:27 | 2995452 pies_lancuchowy
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When the Government represents the lawlessness , it is the duty of every Patriot to challenge the Government.

Please choose high trees, solid branches and rope !

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 12:12 | 2995967 mr_T
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NOT LOSS OF BONUS, IT'S A LOSS OF A PAY CHECK.

In Spain you get 14 paychecks/year. This is normal.

Nothing extra.. In USA you divide your salary by 12. This is done to have extra for vacation JULY and holidays DEC.

The politicians dont get it ... No pay, no protection.
Belgium is charge now...

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 12:12 | 2995968 mr_T
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NOT LOSS OF BONUS, IT'S A LOSS OF A PAY CHECK.

In Spain you get 14 paychecks/year. This is normal.

Nothing extra.. In USA you divide your salary by 12. This is done to have extra for vacation JULY and holidays DEC.

The politicians dont get it ... No pay, no protection.
Belgium is charge now...

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 14:59 | 2996421 JosephConrad
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You missed the point of this story. Spain, Greece and elsewhere in the E.U. where 'austerity protests' are rising will have a chance of maintaining their sovereignty and their citizens, their Liberty! Ignorant, Rational Americans have already lost BOTH and just refuse to believe it as long as the ATM spits Cash! When they stop functioning, THEN Americans will start WHINING! OVER 300M GUNS in the U.S.  & NOT A SHOT HAS BEEN FIRED IN ANGER - at the Wealthy Old White Men who have LOOTED THIS NATION, debased its Sovereignty & TAKEN YORU LIBERTY!

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