In respect to the state violence by riot police at the recent demonstrations in Madrid, I want to sum up an article with Judith Butler’s comments on violent police responses to demonstrations from May this year. In his article Charlie Smith, (from Georgia Straight) explains that according to Butler people are taking to the streets because of exclusion from established areas of influence, including the electoral system, corporate power, and the media, which one can find exactly reflected in people’s sayings in Spanish protest since 2011. ( Just to give one example of repeated sayings at the crowded protests in Spain “televisión – manipulación!”). Smith quotes Judith Butler in this context of protests:
“Their bodies are their last resource and their most important resource—and it is the power they have. So bodies in the street can stop traffic or bring attention that very basic needs are to be satisfied, including shelter, food, employment, and freedom of mobility and freedom of expression.” Click to Read full article in Georgia Straight.