At the end of January 2013 the largest national journals start publishing information which points to supposed corrupt practices in the government party. Some of the names involved are currently in the government.

This information appears at a moment when the unemployed are close to six millions, the country is facing the largest social cuts in democracy, evictions rise to alarming numbers,... It is preceded by scandals related to opposition parties, judiciary circles, the confederation of employers' organizations, the monarchy,...

A feeling spreads that the government cannot cope with the situation the country is going through. That, together with previous governments, has an important part of the responsibility in what has happened. A responsibility shared with the elites of the country. The country seems to be drifting and no solution appears in the horizon.

This series/diary is a dialog between the images of Juan Galisteo and Balancín de Blancos which portraits daily life in Madrid in a moment in which the population oscillates between indignation, restlessness and resignation.

November 17. 2013

Several people undergo a hunger strike for nearly a month at Puerta del Sol asking for a resignation of the government and the end of social cuts.

November 17. 2013
November 10. 2013

An indefinite strike of municipal cleaning and gardening services starts. Workers protest against threats of over 1000 fired and salary cuts of over 40%.

November 10. 2013
Octobeber 13. 2013

A new education law is approved this week. As with previous laws, it is done without consensus. Among the most polemic issues are introducing Spanish as lingua franca or giving a strong role to private education.

Octobeber 13. 2013
Octobeber 5. 2013

Autumn. Landscape.

Octobeber 5. 2013
September 27, 2013

The government approves without consensus a new Transparency Law that aims to help democratic regeneration. According to Global Right to Information Rating (international expert panel which analyzes freedom of information laws) the new law is number 72 in a ranking of 96 countries.
The right of access to information is not acknowledged and there are many gaps (national defense and security, economic and monetary policy, confidential decision-making processes, ....). There will also be the possibility of rejection of applications by simple administrative silence.
Spain was the only country in the European Union without without a law which guaranteed citizens their right to information on how public funds are spent.  

September 27, 2013
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