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Issue #1622      December 11, 2013

Today’s crisis in Spain

Spain is living an economic and social crisis; and has been since 2008. It started with the housing bubble – financed by cheap loans to builders and homebuyers. It revealed the underlying structure of the Spanish system. The building market crash and the loss of productivity with high dosses of corruption gave Spain for a short while a false perception of a growing economy.

In 2013 Spain reached six million unemployed; two million with no benefits; one in every two young people under 25 years old is unemployed and 21 percent of the population lives below poverty. There are a million families with no income. Since the beginning of the crisis 400,000 families have lost their homes and at the same time the country’s Prime Minister and his party members have been receiving illegal donations.

The political system that was set up during the transition period in the early ‘80s after the death of dictator Franco was based on the bipartisan state system overseen by the Crown/Royals as the guarantor of the economic financial and social system that was inherited from the Franquist years; now that system is in crisis.

This fraudulent system has been used for corruption and misappropriation of public assets and defrauding the tax system; it has continued to reap fortunes in tax havens. One example is the case of the Primer Minister who was paid – undisclosed fees and bonuses – again this highlighted the crisis in country that calls itself a democracy. Meanwhile, working class real salaries and entitlement have dropped considerably while the ruling class are amassing great fortunes because of the crisis they created.

In this context we can say that today’s political powers have not broken away from the past Franco dictatorship. The Spanish system has no desire to unveil the truth and to bring to justice the crimes from the past and to lay the path to reconciliation.

The political parties, public servants and institutions; the judicial and executive system have continued to deny investigations related to more than 130,000 bodies that still remain in the ground on the side of the roads and outside the cemetery walls. At the same time the state powers opposed the current International Trials in the Argentinean courts demanding the detention and bringing to trial of the torturers and executioners during the Franco dictatorship.

There is another Spain, one that defends human rights, the rights of the workers and the right to social services and the self determination of the people.

Every day more and more sectors of the population agree that a new process is needed so everybody can participate in the consultation that will help to put an end to the current crisis. The Republic could bring that; a new change is necessary politically and institutionally to create a new model that is now well overdue.

Asociacion Republicana Irunesa.org

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