In my place in Madrid, just around the corner from Socialist Party (PSOE) HQS. There are still considerable crowds gathering every night protesting PSOE plans to ram through a constitutionally dubious amnesty for Catalan and Basque separatists, offer to have Madrid absorb Catalunya's large public debt, and presumably offer independence referendums--also constitutionally dubious. This, of course, after the PSOE ran on a platform of rejecting amnesty and independence for the Catalan and Basque regions. The socialists, who lost the elections, have cobbled together a majority government with seven votes to spare. It is a weak and fractious coalition that could split apart any time. One of the flaws of parliamentary-style government is that you never really know for whom you're voting. The post-election alliances can make a mockery of electoral results.
The Diplowife and I hung around the demonstration on Friday night. The police presence was overwhelming; the crowd was relatively small compared to previous days, and there were no incidents. We enjoyed talking with some of the demonstrators who were remarkably well-informed about politics in Spain and the world. It was a joy talking to people who value their country and don't want it to see it put at risk so a politician can remain in power. There was a great deal of concern over the growing migrant wave hitting Spain's coasts and the Canary Islands. There were shouts in the crowd of "Spain is Christian not Mohammedan!" Spaniards are born poets and nobody can beat them for the poetic even musical nature of their chants. Translation ruins them: we herd great ones questioning the legitimacy of the Prime Minister's birth, his need to be jailed, etc. You have to hear them in the original.
Continuing to follow events in Israel. I am not particularly worried about the Israelis; if left alone they will more than handle the Hamas gangsters. I worry much more about the war in the street of London, Paris, Melbourne, New York, Toronto, and Chicago. Our countries have allowed the infiltration of millions persons who hate us. Even worse, however, our rotten education systems have produced millions of "native" students who detest their own country and culture.The pro-Palestine marchers/rioters/thugs are not really acting for "Palestine." Most don't know what it is, where it is, or the history.
The West is committing suicide by allowing the mass migration of Muslims into our nations, and simultaneously brain-washing our youth into accepting their own demise.