Monday, September 3, 2012

Supermarkets being looted in Spain

Well, its not the term used by them, they call it food expropriation, but what else can you call filling carts with stuff and leaving by force without paying?

When thousands of Argentineans left after the crisis and moved to Spain I’m sure they never thought they would see that again.
To be fair they aren’t taking booze and big screen TVs, but taking what isn’t yours is still under the same principle. Would you do any different if you couldn’t put food on the table and spent months unemployed? In this case Trade Union workers filled carts with basic food staples to be redistributed by an ONG among the needy. This happened in well know socialist cities of Cadiz and Sevilla, which has 32% unemployment.
Just a few years ago many Spaniards would joke saying that thanks to the new immigration wave everyone in Spain could afford to have a “Sudaca” as a maid. Sudaca is a derogatory term similar to wetbacks, commonly used in Spain referring to South Americans. This is pretty sad given that these “sudacas” are children and grandchildren of those same Spaniards that left to SA because of the Spanish Civil war. Now, its obvious that they are suffering many of the miseries their “Sudaca“ brothers went through in the past. Spaniards eating out of garbage bins, many of them senior citizens,  has become a common sight in Spain and in other European countries where they have emigrated to looking for work themselves.

The lesson for today my friends is, never to rejoice in the misery of others. You never know if one day you may suffer that same fate. Many of these images are carbon copies of what many Argentines had gone through and still suffer today.
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Don Williams said...

1) The New York Times today has an interesting article: "Fears Rising, Spaniards Pull Out Their Cash and Get Out of Spain" .

2) An excerpt:
"But there is no doubt that many of those in a position to do so are taking their money — and in some cases themselves — out of Spain.

In July, Spaniards withdrew a record 75 billion euros, or $94 billion, from their banks — an amount equal to 7 percent of the country’s overall economic output — as doubts grew about the durability of Spain’s financial system.

The deposit outflow in Spain reflects a broader capital flight problem that is by far the most serious in the euro zone."

3) Another point:
"More disturbing for Spain is that the flight is starting to include members of its educated and entrepreneurial elite who are fed up with the lack of job opportunities in a country where the unemployment rate touches 25 percent.

According to official statistics, 30,000 Spaniards registered to work in Britain in the last year, and analysts say that this figure would be many multiples higher if workers without documents were counted. That is a 25 percent increase from a year earlier.

“No doubt there is a little bit of panic,” said José García Montalvo, an economist at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. “The wealthy people have already taken their money out. Now it’s the professionals and midrange people who are moving their money to Germany and London. The mood is very, very bad.”

Don Williams said...

The New York Times article also pointed out that the Spanish are getting warnings from an interesting source:

"Instead of calming fears, the state takeover prompted comparisons to Argentina in 2001, when peso bank accounts denominated in dollars were frozen in order to stem the flight of deposits.

The corralito, or corral, as the Argentine action is known, has become part of the public conversation in Spain. The million-plus Argentines who have since immigrated to Spain have provided ample and gory stories of desperate legal battles and wiped-out savings.

Eduardo Pérez, a Spaniard who was working in Argentina during that period, remembers the events all too well. He said he lost four-fifths of the money he had kept in an Argentine savings account, though he declined to say how much money was involved.

“Some of my friends lost everything,” Mr. Pérez said. “So yes, everyone in Spain knows about the corralito.” "

Don Williams said...

Here's link to New York Times article:


Anonymous said...

seems n. ireland is having some problems too. you may be in the middle of an ugly fight.

Arizona said...

IN the USA this will become an everyday thing to see old and poor people eating out of trash bins,but looting stores would be a death sentence, as our police are just waiting for a reason to kill their neighbors and their children,IN america we only hire DEVIL worshippers for police and government officals,and the famine will be horrorifing to the world as they watch our police gun down the slarving children and their families,A FAMINE AND BLOODBATH ALL ROLLED INTO ONE..............

DougFromOz said...

To "Arizona": Dude, take your meds and switch off your caps lock.

Anonymous said...

Don't be fooled! This is not a case of looting out of hunger or need. There is this man, Sánchez Gordillo, member of said trade union and of the Communist Party who is organizing this ruckus as a mean to get free propaganda and to create a hostile social climate against Popular Party Mariano Rajoy Government. One week later this moron and his friends occupied the country estate of a local wealthy man, ehich is used as a hotel, and they did that just to use the swimming pool. This man is an example of the people that has ruined Spain, and is angry because the new Government is going to put an end to their way of life
A Spanish

cryingfreeman said...

I also live in NI and the recent riots are confined to a few streets in a few tiny areas. It may as well be Mars it's happening in.

FerFAL said...

"Anonymous said...

seems n. ireland is having some problems too. you may be in the middle of an ugly fight."

While I dont like any sort of trouble,as insignificant or as serious as it may be, tis really just minor riot limited to a block or two. Lets say I'm used to much worse and this sort of thing, as limited as it is today, is unfortunate but I'm not worried. When people start getting killed ten or so per day and people start at the very least closign their doors, that will get my attention. As fort now, its so safe to live here, its ridiculous.