In the Arab world they are demanding the right to vote while here they are saying that voting is pointless.
-Felipe González, former prime minister of Spain.
THIS QUOTE ALMOST SOUNDS believable. Stomping their feet without saying exactly what they’re upset about, that might sound typically Spanish to some. Like back in September when the nationwide strike of September 29th came and went, protesting the government’s austerity measures by refusing to work. Yes, Spain’s government would like you to believe that the thousands of people camping in hundreds of plazas across the country are protesting. But looking closer, it’s something else entirely.
In Logroño, the capital of La Rioja, the main plaza is now a makeshift campground. But those staying put aren’t just sitting in, they’re holding workshops and discussion groups, mobilizing people and planning their next moves, sitting in circles talking, not shouting much at all. All photos by the author.