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By Lydia Molina /Translation: Blanca García

  • These are the proposals from the assembly held at the Sol protest camp
  • The change of the electoral law, a political responsibility law or the right to have a decent home are some of their requests
  • They also claim for the promotion of critical thought and the defense of public health and education systems

Assembly this afternoon at the camp (Jessica Romero)

It is 5:30 in the evening and the tents at Puerta del Sol are packed. There are small groups of people of all ages, citizens who stop by to ask those who are sitting at the camp, which is more equipped every day, and organizers going back and forth carrying food and blankets and getting the just-installed bathrooms ready for their opening tonight.

At 6 the assembly starts. People start sitting down. Fifty, one hundred, two hundred, three hundred… thousands. The square is almost full. The May 15th movement has again summoned all those who want to listen to tell them the news. “They have said that we are apolitical, and that is not true, we are non-partisan”, said one of the spokespersons.

Assembly at the camp (J. R.)

These main proposals have come out of this morning’s assembly and they are just an outline. Now it is time to debate them in each of the commissions created during the night. “They are open and we ask anyone who knows about these subjects to come by and cooperate”. They have been collected in the mailboxes placed in the square and in the assemblies. They separate them in two fields, institutional (what they ask of the politicians) and civic (social organization). Among the most relevant political proposals are the reform of the electoral law, the lack private financing in political parties, no people who have been indicted in the party tickets, reform of the Senate, open lists, single-member districts and a number of seats proportional to the number of votes. Also a bigger role in the budget, a political responsibility law and a change in the politicians’ working conditions, the repeal of the parties law, the introduction of the Tobin Tax, a tax reform with an increase of the income tax based on wealth, a minimum wage increase, or more control over  the banking system. But there is much more. THEY ALSO ASK FROM THE INSTITUTIONS:

  • Defense of public and secular education
  • Right to a decent home
  • Removal of the gender wage breach
  • Defense of Copyleft and repeal of the Sinde Act
  • More access to the media
  • Education about gender equality and sexual identity
  • Defense of a political and bilingual education
  • More investment on international cooperation
  • Promotion of renewable energy sources
  • Recovery of Historical Memory
  • Defense of the public health system
  • Immigration Law reform. “No human being is illegal”
  • Repeal of the Bologna plan establishment process
  • Non-commodification of  knowledge
  • Recovery of privatized companies
  • Closing of nuclear plants
  • Defense of a sustainable economy
  • Promotion of the use of bicycles and public transportation
  • Elimination of tax havens
  • Elimination of Mutual Funds
  • Referendum about the establishment of a Republic in Spain
  • Recognition of care-giving workers (housewives, those who take care of sick people…)
  • Subsidization of public transportation for the unemployed and for people in precarious situations


  • Promotion of organizations in institutions, colleges and neighborhoods
  • Promotion of critical thought
  • Promotion of the distribution of common spaces
  • Commitment towards the creation of cooperatives
  • Creation of alternative unions
  • Set-up of assemblies in neighborhoods

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