Spanish Votes Lost Abroad

After nearly one year without a Government, Spain brought Mariano Rajoy’s Popular Party (PP) back into power as a minority government on the 29th of October 2016. This avoided a third general election in December (the first one was held on 20th of December 2015). Many Spanish citizens living abroad reiterated how difficult it was to vote in the second general election, held on the 26th June, after applying for their voting ballots. In some cases, ballots either did not arrive at their correct destinations, or they did arrive but missed the due date. These are simply the latest in a long line of complaints directed at the process of voting from abroad, which has caused a dramatic decrease in the participation since 2011. Despite this fact, the Spanish Congress voted against repealing this process with the ones of the Popular Party, the Socialist Party and the Citizens Pary on 20th of October 2016.

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‘Shared Heritage, Shared Future’ Connecting Spanish and Scottish Cultures Through History and Social Innovation

The Scottish charity People Know How (PKH) is coordinating a participative project in Edinburgh to unearth the historic bonds between Scotland and Spain by interviewing Scottish holidaymakers who visited Spain from the 1950s to the 1980s. PKH runs other projects to help people fulfil their potential including integrating the large Spanish-speaking community living in Scotland. The non-governmental organisation is now recruiting volunteers to help in this investigation.

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‘Patrimonio Compartido, Futuro Compartido’, conectando las culturas española y escocesa a través de la historia y la innovación social

La ONG escocesa People Know How (PKH) [Las personas saben cómo] está coordinando un proyecto participativo en Edimburgo para recuperar los vínculos históricos entre Escocia y España entrevistando a personas escocesas que visitaron España entre las décadas de 1950 y 1980. PKH gestiona otros proyectos para ayudar a las personas a realizarse en todo su potencial. Entre sus proyectos se incluye la integración de la comunidad castellanohablante en Escocia. Actualmente la ONG está seleccionando voluntarios para ayudarles en esta nueva investigación.

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Activismo social y creación cultural en Edimburgo, más allá de los datos demográficos

La comunidad española en Reino Unido ha crecido de tal manera que su presencia es notoria, se les escucha por la calle, participan de las actividades sociales y, cada vez más, son creadores de cultura. Este incremento lo han percibido tanto los españoles que llevan tiempo residiendo fuera como los propios locales.

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Social Activism and Cultural Creation in Edinburgh: Beyond Demographic Data

The Spanish community in the United Kingdom has noticeably been on the rise, it is has become progressively conventional to hear the Spanish language being spoken whilst walking the streets of major cities. Not only participates of local events these communities are increasingly now the creators of events, promoting Spanish culture and heritage in Britain. Spanish people that have been living abroad for a while and native British citizens recognise the increase of this demographic.

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El festival Iberodocs apuesta por el cine de directores noveles en su última edición

IberoDocs, el Festival de Cine Documental Iberoamericano de Escocia, vuelve entre el 4 y el 8 de mayo a la sala Filmhouse de Edimburgo. En esta tercera edición, el certamen se centrará en mostrar los primeros trabajos de directores emergentes que han arriesgado en formato y/o contenido para realizar algo inesperado. “Esta edición se revela ante los límites; se desprende de etiquetas y vuela a través de fronteras para traernos un mensaje de rebelión y libertad”, comenta Mar Felices, directora artística del festival.

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IberoDocs Festival to Support the Work of Emerging Directors in its Latest Outing

IberoDocs, the Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival in Scotland, is back from the 4th to the 8th of May at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. Its third outing will be focused on showing the first works of emerging directors who have taken risks using unexpected formats and/or content. “This year IberoDocs reveals its true self. We throw etiquette aside and face these boundaries to promote a message of freedom and rebellion.” says Mar Felices, artistic director of the festival.

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Ester Quintana: “Bringing the Case to Trial has been a Victory for all Victims of the Rubber Bullet”

During the general strike on 14th November 2012 in Barcelona, Ester Quintana was returning home from a protest when a rubber bullet, shoot by the mossos (Catalan police) impacted in her face. As a consequence, she lost her left eye. On April 11th 2016, nearly four years later, the trial of Ester Quintana began. Two mossos have been accused of the shooting. The Generalitat (the Catalan Government) and the Mossos D’Escuadra deny the use of rubber bullets during the protest. Ester Quintana wants justice and to end with this period of her life.

This interview took place during the first Antirepression Forum in Edinburgh for the magazine ARGIA. You can read the original article written in Euskera in this link.

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Ester Quintana: “Llegar a juicio ha sido una victoria para todas las víctimas de las pelotas de goma”

En la huelga general del 14 de noviembre de 2012 en Barcelona, Ester Quintana volvía a casa de la manifestación cuando una pelota de goma disparada por los mossos (policías catalanes) impactó en su cara. A causa del pelotazo perdió el ojo izquierdo. Casi cuatro años después, el 11 de abril, comenzó el juicio del caso Ester Quintana. Dos mossos se sientan en el banquillo acusados de ser responsables del disparo.  La Generalitat (el gobierno catalán) y Los Mossos D´Esquadra niegan que ese día se utilizaran pelotas de goma. Ester Quintana solo espera que se haga justicia y que este sea sea el final de una etapa.

Entrevista realizada a Ester Quintana en el primer Foro de Anti-represión de Edimburgo para la revista ARGIA. Puedes ver el artículo original en euskera en este enlace.

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Edinburgh Hosts its First Anti-repression Conference

A new anti-repression conference organised by Edinburgh in Protest, in collaboration with Spanish Workers in Edinburgh, is taking place on the 19th and 20th of March in Edinburgh. The weekend’s programme includes documentaries, talks, debates and concerts. The aim of this event is to create a space for reflection and an open discussion on institutional and police violence.

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