Syntagma Riotcam Resumes Broadcasting From Madrid Where Cops Use Rubber Bullets On Protesters

Tyler Durden's picture

First thing this morning when discussing the upcoming festivities in Europe in the aftermath of Spain's decision to hike sales tax from 18% to 21%, while making sure it is the common people who get hurt in the upcoming bank nationalization in which sub notes and hybrid debt is impaired, largely held by retail investors as the FT showed yesterday, we said that "Spain promised to crush its middle class even more by impairing retail held sub debt and hybrids, while forcing them to pay more taxes, a move which will lead to some spectacular Syntagma Square riotcam moments." Three hours later and the riotcam is now live.

From CNN:

Spanish police used rubber bullets and batons to disperse protesters in central Madrid, witnesses in the city said Wednesday.


Hundreds of people moved quickly out of the area as the police moved in.


Protesters, including a group of miners who have marched on the capital, are demonstrating against Spain's government and the austerity measures it is imposing as it seeks to curb the country's debt crisis.


Madrid's ambulance service said 43 people were injured in clashes at or near the Industry Ministry.


The injured include 26 miners and 12 police, as well as a number of supporters of the miners. Eight are receiving hospital treatment but the injuries are not serious, the ambulance service said.


The clashes came as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced an increase in the sales tax from 18% to 21% and a series of spending cuts, Spanish news agency Efe reported.


Announcing the measures to lawmakers, Rajoy said they would cut the budget by 65 billion euros ($80 billion) over two-and-a-half years, according to Efe.

Actually the only thing the "measures" will lead to, as whoever is the Greek finmin these days can attest to, is precisely the same economic toxic spiral breakdown, where nobody pays taxes, and where daily strikes cripple the economy.

And of course the imminent arrival of Chorizo the riot dog.

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phat ho's picture

what the hell is really going on here? Is it the US goal to unify europe come hell or high water so we can move on in our aspirations to points in Asia? Is that it?

Mitzibitzi's picture

Actually, I think the end goal is to destroy America. Despite their best efforts in education and increasingly oppressive laws, governance and tax policy, you guys still have far too many independently-minded, relatively affluent, well-armed citizens for any oligarch to feel comfortable having you around.

Europe is just 'stuff that happened'.

Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez's picture

Objectives of the demonati:

One World Government

One World digital currency

90% reduction in world population

Dr. Engali's picture

Basturd that did that needs a batton shoved up his ass.

rsh00's picture

Anyone seen Pan's labyrinth? How the Captain kills the 2 peasants in cold blood? I was chilled to the bone in that scene. These photos kinda remind me of that. Can anybody save us?

LFMayor's picture

Anybody save us?  You have to be willing to save yourself first.  Get armed and get with it, instead of looking at your feet when they herd you into the cattle cars.

Sandmann's picture

Eventually a sniper or two will even the odds.  Times will get very violent and Terrorist Cells in Europe have a history of being very ruthless

TrumpXVI's picture

Calm down guys.

The article said no one was seriously hurt.

phat ho's picture

No bulls were shishkobobbed to our knowledge...  :-)

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

...and no donkeys were hurled from towers or ridden to death by the fattest man in the village - I kid you not, these were once "traditions" in Spain and not so long ago.

Anyone know the Spanish word for "Twats"

Yardfarmer's picture

As Rajoy in the face of ECB pressure continues backpedalling from his promises to resist austerity measures, Spanish yields continue above 7% and what has been so far a slow simmer on the back burner is beginning to reach full boil up front. As the three California municipalities file for bankruptcy presaging a cascade of similar actions nationwide, you would think that it won't be long before the flouridated and media besotted American Wallmarteers turn their attention from the Mitt and Barack show to the economic pillage of their pensions and basic services and start making a bit of noise themselves. But then again the capacity of the AmerCIAns for gratuitous self inflicted and misdirected random violence and crime will be the most likely result.

jcamargo's picture

No sympathy for these subsidized spanish miners. Other organized groups will feel withdrawal symptoms and also stage aggressive demonstrations. The miners ara basically looking after themselves and are very aggressive thanks to the fact that they are mostly men and have tools and know explosives. Their 'fight' is being celebrated by left spanish parties, which apparently would benefit from this descent to civil conflict. A line has to be drawn that respects their right to protest while keeping roads unblocked and streets without organized thugs.

To keep law and order will be a big challenge and unfortunately violent confrontations is going to be the norm in Europe. Look at Greece where Golden Dawn sympathizers sweep the streets picking up fights with african street peddlers and left wing groups leave bombs in the front of a foreign company.

The alternative of doing nothing is much worse, because every organized group would fight harder and convince themselves they can get things by force. At the end, Europe would look more similar to the Middle East, and the majority of the population would get tired of this and vote for the strongest group just to 'keep the country running on time'. Then they would not even be able to stage any protests, even peaceful.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Difference between Greece and Spain?

Greeks are a united people who are used to fending off the depredations of outsiders.

Spain is a fractured country riven by regional and sectarians rivalries which were supressed but not eliminated by Franco. During the "good times" since his passing these tensions have remained at a low level...three guesses what's coming down the pike now that times are not so good.

francis_sawyer's picture

Rubber baby buggy bumpers bitchez!

bpj's picture

kinetic impact munitions bithcez

crawldaddy's picture

21%?!?    Bullish on the black market.  Wow a 21% savings built in when using cash etc.... no wonder their economy is hurting, half of it is hidden.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

half? Either you lack ambition or have never lived in the EuroMed

Mitzibitzi's picture

I guy I used to work with bought a 37' sailing yacht in Spain a few years back. Brand new one. 40% discount if he paid in cash. Which he did. The guy was even willing to hold it for a few weeks, with a 'Sold' sticker on it, while Clive raised the cash.

JohnKozac's picture

As murder rate climbs, Chicago mayor makes ‘values’ appeal


"...look at the headlines at the top of this morning—"Clerk hurt when masked men armed with knife rob store," "8 hurt in series of city shootings" and "Man acquitted of murder last year gunned down—make a pretty compelling statement: The Second City is still a violent place."


"When questioned about the death of 7-year-old Heaven Sutton, who was caught in the crossfire of rival gang members as she sold candy in front of her home in June,  Emanuel commented, "It's not about crime, it's about values." He was pressed to clarify the comment."



LFMayor's picture

sold "candy"?    More like bath salts.

phat ho's picture


Bugsquasher's picture

Franco's legacy, La Guardia are alive and well.  They never had a reputation for restraint and still don't.

Hype Alert's picture

Ok so, on one hand we have the banker's riot police and on the other we have a crowd yelling "Where's my free stuff?"


Well played sirs, well played. 


Very much reminds me of the Obama vs Romney issue where you keep asking yourself, do I really want either to win?  Just boggles the mind.

Mitzibitzi's picture

Maybe a Japanese 747 pilot will decide to crash his jet into the Capitol during the Inauguration?

Griffin's picture

There was enormous anger in Iceland shortly after the economic crash, people were fighting the police and going after bankers and politicians where ever they could be found or attacking state buildings and police stations.

The conflict was brought to edge of a civil war were lots of people could easily have lost their lives, but the politicians decided to back down at last minute and respect the will of the people.

The path that is often taken in situations like these is to riot and fight until things get out of hand. Like when the french shortened the french elite by ca 30 cm.

I think that if we dont want to repeat the same cycle once again it would be better to out smart the elite rather than to dispose of them as we have done in the past, because the odds are that if the problems leading to the crash are not diagnosed and processed correctly trough the legal system, we will be doing the same thing over again, only with different players.

Why not create a new path this time, do something different.




TicoTiger's picture

"Stop Paying Your Taxes ...don't fund these deranged idiots"

Good advice Zero Govt. The next logical step, even at this VERY late date, is to get out of Dodge before it all goes up in smoke. Any one with any intelligence knows the game is rigged from top to bottom and only suckers continue playing. Remember the hippies and anarchists? You might want to consider the following (if you haven't already done so):

Inthemix96's picture

Heres one that makes me wonder, why are they holding the British up?  What for?  I am here and know a few things, city of london, 33rd degree masons, rothchilds etc, but why keep holding this old rock up?

And dont fucking tell me its the royals, I know of no person period that has any time for that inbred shit of a cunt family.

Seriously, I am puzzled

cahadjis's picture

Let me try:


- why do all taps in the UK are separate hot and cold, since we can have mixing taps? - Because it's always been like that

- why do we have carpets in toilets? - Because it's always been like that

- why do we put up with high unnecessary government costs (army, council, royals) without complaint? - Because it's always been like that


Feel free to add your own. And I'm british.

Mitzibitzi's picture

200 nuclear warheads on submarine launched ballistic missiles, allied with a proven history of kicking the living piss out of anyone who even thinks about fucking with us.

Inthemix96's picture

Fair play mitz,

I was old schooled somewhat and yes, we seem to be able to punch above our weight?  Having said that, I can give it if it comes my way, most of the world must be fucking pussies eh?

No chance, not royals, not nowt.  We are beyond our respective capabilities and still we wont be brought down, it makes no sense keeping this multi-culti shit hole afloat.  What gives?  And believe me, I am as cynical as fuck, but something is going down here.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

"multi-culti shit hole" is for a reason. So as we can fight amongst ourselves while the bandits steal out the back door on tippy-toes ;O)

'n' I'm a brit too, through 'n' through

phat ho's picture

buffer....containment in case france/germany go at it again we have a springboard into the fray, so to speak

Nobody For President's picture

I once had some training, as an Infantry officer, in crowd control, and I thank Bugsquasher for his comments on Franco's legacy - La Guardia - because based on my training the response seemed a bit excessive. I watched the RT tape a second time with no sound and observed some (not all) of the Policia firing direct, instead of firing low so the rubber projectile strikes the pavement and richochets upward, which takes a lot of kinetic energy out of the projectile and was how we were trained to use them.  You can for sure kill a person with a direct shot, say to the eye.

Technically, the use of rubber bullets instead of tear gas is a significant ratchet up of crowd control force - interesting that they are *starting* here.

This will not end well.

LFMayor's picture

well LT, not backing the tools of the regime by a long shot, but from a devils advocate point I would say that were i to be filming propaganda from the protest side I would have the agits pelt the shield line with all sorts of shit, bricks, etc and wait until they cracked and went all frenzy on the "innocent protestors" before I rolled cameras. 

I've done the "stomp, ummph, drag" with shields locked together too.  Nice of them to give us that fine skill set, we'll need it in the future I think.

Bugsquasher's picture

I was in Spain in the early '70s and was warned by friends that the La Guardia always traveled in pairs and that if I ever saw one by himself to turn around as the other one would be behind me.  Duing that time violent crime was delt with more frequently with summary execution ("the subject was shot while escaping") than with arrest and trial.  Old habits die hard I guess.

Mitzibitzi's picture

Still the case, to some degree. My brother's wife is Colombian and has some family in Spain, who they visited last year. They were told by the family, who live in a fairly isolated rural bit of Spain (dunno where) that if you get pulled by the cops while driving around, particularly if there's no-one else about, be VERY polite and be prepared to pay an 'on the spot fine' for just about anything the cops can find wrong with your car. They were warned not to argue or talk back, cos a baton in the teeth often offends.

Bugsquasher's picture

I don't know if it still practiced today but back in Frano's day the La Guardia set up regular check points on the road, often in the middle of nowhere.  There would be a heavy white line across the road and a small guard shack and woe be unto anyone who failed to stop.

unemployed's picture

The U.S. police have already been using direct fire with tear gas cannisters and have severely wounded several veterans in Oakland and NYC.    The close in fire of pepper spray to non resisting faces was pictured in Sacramento and Portland.   Makes one think it is right out of "new"  training manual.

Sandmann's picture

Northern Ireland blinded a few people with richochets

blabam's picture

Instead of the yearly running of the bulls, they should organise a running of a bankster. 

BeansBulletsBandaids's picture

mmm.... chorizo dog......

Fort's picture

I'm really sorry for the people of Spain; in fact I'm really sorry for most people the world over. For over a decade all the warning signals have been ignored, ridiculed and sometimes believed by a small minority. I think it is time for a revolution it will be upon us soon either way. Unfortunately the people will respond with protest and demonstration, which will be met with a very aggressive authoritarian response. This won't accomplish anything and will only get the wrong people hurt. The common people should take their money out of the bank instead a very silent and peaceful protest. This will hurt the right people most.

Quinvarius's picture

I think you could beat a JPM banker to death in the streets in front of a crowd and no one would turn you in.  I'd probably make a donation.