We live the weekend of an anniversary, the tenth of the 15M. A movement that marked a new policy -with the end of bipartisanship-, and profound changes in society. Questions remain and problems remain – such as the extremely high unemployment rate and precariousness among young people – but the need for active participation by a concerned and fed up society also persists.
Today and after that, the culture of the ball would not be possible. That’s how clear you see it one of the experts consulted by Radio Coruña Cadena SER and participant in the program A Coruña thinks of this Sunday. Arturo González, political scientist at the University of Santiago de Compostela, argues that that “culture linked for decades to the culture of the subject” today would not be allowed. In his assessment of the 15M, he believes that that social movement gave free rein to a citizenry that demanded rights and demanded answers and that it raised its level of demand and transparency.
The moment of awakening of a generation
In order to Cristina Gómez-Román, Doctor in Social Psychology, the movement of the indignant was “a moment of awakening for many people who were asleep.” This professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the USC that that Movement put a face and a voice to a generation that seemed to be observing their surroundings passively. Young people whoSuddenly, they realized that they could do something to change what was not right and that they channeled their outrage to transform things. A transformation with social impact. “They were able to create such an inclusive identity, Gómez-Román states, that had a transversal impact “.
What is left of us?
The need to self-criticism is an element that incorporates the debate Carlos Diz, anthropologist at the University of A Coruña. When asked what is the legacy of 15M, Diz stresses the importance of asking ourselves “what remains of us and our powers”. A necessary self-criticism so as not to distance ourselves or stop taking responsibility for the proposals that arose in the heat of that movement. The care network between neighbors, revealed during the pandemic, is an expression of what was sown ten years ago.
Is it possible to return to 15M?
The people who were in the 15M are not missing. So he thinks Henrique Lijó, one of the members of the Camping in A Coruña and currently a member of Ecoloxistas en Acción. One of the positive things about that was, in his opinion, questioning the concept of democracy based on bipartisanship. The 15M had the virtue, he says, of opposing the model of democracy based on two large parties with another model of participatory democracy. Sanded is one of those convinced that it is possible to retake a 15M. Access to housing, the need for a cleaner and greener planet, and ending job insecurity are reasons enough not to let the wake of that dissolve.