Rough translation: police shut down the anti-police repression protest scheduled for today in Madrid with a little repression and a lot of intimidation. The Indignados had organized the event through social media under the hashtag #30jSinMiedo (June 30th without fear). The TWEET above tells us that the protest had to be called off at the last moment due to the police demanding IDs, surrounding the protestors, and warning of "serious consequences". If today's protestors have the same luck as those Indignados who have been IDed by police over the past several months, they can expect a court summons and 300-Euro fine, usually either for "attending an illegal protest" or "challenging the authorities".
And if today's Madrid protest is not all the Spanish irony you require for one weekend, just last night 30 people who have been evicted or are facing eviction, sought shelter in the cathedral of Madrid La Almudena, some with small children. The families, children and protestors were soon met by the church Rector "to negotiate", but within a couple hours he decided to have the police handle the situation. Let us say that Christians around the world should be grateful that Marie and Joseph looked for refuge in a dirty stable in Bethlehem rather than an opulent Roman Catholic cathedral in the Spanish capital. #OccupyAlmudena was soon trending in Spain, complete with photos of children being held against the wall and peaceful protestors being forced to their knees while placing their hands behind their heads.
Here is a video I shot last night at La Almudena protest. A Spanish woman reminds the cops that they are 99%ers too! (That's our beautiful Madrid cathedral there in the background)