15 November 2012

14-N: Spain's on strike. A holistic vision

School of Translation & Interpreting, Universidad de Granada: preparation of banners for this afternoon's massive street march…

…not everybody is on strike though. La huelga general is supposed to be a national strike, supported not only by the trade unions and similar organisms, but by literally everyone: shopkeepers, taxi drivers and university teachers.

These who overtly do not support the strike, expose themselves to ostracism. In the best of the cases, they have to prepare themselves to find stickers as the one on the picture above, or—if they're unlucky—to see a brick coming through a broken window.

La rotonda del Triunfo: Granada's city center. The afternoon march starts here. Academic community—students, teachers and administrative staff—is marching together.

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See the round little thing attached to the helicopter's skid? It's a camera. It's been up there all day long, watching the protests.

Andrés supports #AsambleaUGR, an initiative aimed at joining forces of the entire academic community against higher tuition fees, decreasing tuition quality and businesses taking over the university. The movement is symbolized by a green piece of cloth—green's traditionally the color of an education sector; it is also a subtle analogy to the red cloths, worn by students in Québec, during the so-called Printemps québécois.

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