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(en) [Spain] Madrid: Take the street: Points of anarchist propaganda in June and Chronicle of May By ANA (pt) [machine translation]
Tue, 5 Jun 2018 07:58:55 +0300
Back to the initiative "Take the street", several points of anarchist propaganda spread in
several neighborhoods of Madrid: Vallekas, Tetuán, Carabanchel and Moratalaz. Every
Saturday from June to 12h. ---- In the age of connectivity, where, increasingly,
everything has to be related to each other, thanks to technological progress, we see day
by day that the only one that is less "connected" is the contact and the social relations
that take place in the street . ---- And it is that as part of the process of
bureaucratization and depoliticization of our lives and the management of everything that
surrounds us: institutions, work, money, family, conflicts ... The street would not be
less and could not be outside the mediation that realizes the State in all areas that
Moving from the common to the public is the use, management and "good functioning" of the
streets (among many other things) for the competent administrations to give or not
permission to use the street for second or what subject.
We can not touch the street without permission, express ourselves without permission,
pamphlet without permission, broadcast activities without permission, paste posters ... We
can not if we do not use the appropriate means to do so. Not without following the rules
of the game.
While all this is happening, we see how, increasingly, the faces of the new policy lead us
to the era of transparency, efficiency, technique, citizenship, and democratic
regeneration. And as part of this process, these kindly faces divert us and move us away
from the conflict that is supposed to occupy the street bursting into the everydayness of
Conflict, because everything that does not conform to the municipal ordinances, will
quickly be reduced, hidden or prohibited. Using all the means available for this: fines,
seizure of material, identification of people, constant threat of arrest, coercion, beatings.
Thanks to the appearance of the internet and social networks, we are increasingly away
from the street.
And activities or tasks that had always been carried out in a daily and natural way, are
now presented as something to recover.
The diffusion of the anarchist ideas in the street, of material and of propaganda, a
simple meeting point where to share ideas. It is something we are missing and we need to
recover. Distributors of political parties, trade unions, residents 'associations,
citizens' groups, authoritarian organizations ... etc, have no place.
Chronicle of the month of May:
Anarchist Propaganda Points began to function in Vallekas . Several stations were
implanted in the boulevard, a point between the streets of Monte Igueldo and Peña Gorbea.
Several advertisements were moved around the area and pamphlets in the areas around texts
against gentrification and in defense of the squatting. Numerous people approached for a
moment. There was no evidence of any problems with the police.
In Tetuán the initiative "Take the street" was held for the first time with tranquility.
Four dispensers went to the Plaza of the Palomas and pamphlets against the gentrification,
in defense of the squatting and against the especismo. Several residents approached to
look at the distributors, talk to the comrades and get the advertisement. Broadcasts were
extended announcing the initiative and in defense of the squatting. At 2:00 p.m., both
distributors and bands were collected and the event was finalized. In June this initiative
will be repeated on the fourth Saturday of the month and we hope that all those
distributors and anarchist projects that they want, come to spread their material in the
In Moratalaz the morning was quiet despite the presence of Vox in the same square with a
post. Material was moved and a large amount of pamphlets were distributed on anarchism.
The initiative was well received by many of the residents who expressed their joy at
seeing initiatives like this in the neighborhood and their rejection of Vox fascists. At
2:30 p.m., the tables were collected and finished. We'll be back on the second Saturday in
In Carabanchel , on Saturday, May 19, we went to Oporto Square with several distributors
and a band to make it visible. We distribute anarchist newspapers and pamphlets on the
subway and the surrounding area from 12 a.m. to 2 p.m. The morning passed without
incident. We expect the advertising distribution points of the following months to
continue to grow and consolidate on the streets. See you on the third Saturday in June!
Translation> Sol de Abril
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