Andalusians are also vindicating themselves on the street the 28F of the pandemic

Several groups, each one more angry at the situation Andalusia is going through in different areas, have participated in the march for dignity that has traveled through the center of Granada this February 28, Andalusia Day. The demonstration, which has been the only one that has been held with that motto in the entire region – the rest have been concentrations – has gathered around 300 people, according to police sources.

“Now more than ever you have to mobilize”: the Covid does not stop the claims in the streets of Andalusia like every 28F

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Maintaining scrupulous control of the sanitary standards required by the Covid-19 pandemic, the protesters have shouted for their rights throughout the journey. United to claim “Bread, work and shelter”, the march has gone without incident and to the amazement of some curious who wondered how it was possible that a demonstration occurred just when it is least recommended by the coronavirus.

But the attendees were clear that today was not a day to stay at home, despite the pandemic and the fact that Andalusia Day is celebrated. Rather the complete opposite. Assuming that there are many aspects that must be improved and that put what they call “the working class” at the center of the problems, the protesters have recalled that until the problems are resolved “there is nothing to celebrate.” For this reason, the defense of social justice has been the pivot on which they have moved throughout the march.

The elderly, young people and children have called for decent conditions for Andalusian workers. So that the rights of all people are respected, whether or not they are immigrants, because “no person is illegal”, as they defend. Insisting that not all of them were there, there were those who are imprisoned for their struggles or those like the chambermaids who do not even have the opportunity to even rest on a day like today, the demands have been heard loudly throughout the center of Granada .

They defend that no one can be expelled from their home and that evictions must disappear, that in a year of pandemic like the one we are experiencing, the work of all the people who are on the front line and who have jobs must be valued more than ever precarious. You proclaim all of them included in a battery of requests to the “powerful” to take note because the struggle, as they say, is not going to stop.

A paradigmatic case

The demonstration, which began at around midday, ended an hour later in the Plaza del Carmen, headquarters of the Granada City Council. There, a manifesto has been read that collects each and every one of the claims that these groups that have met have. Among them, the Andalusian Union of Workers (SAT), Kellys Unión Granada or Nación Andaluza. Precisely one of the delegates of the Granada SAT, Vanesa Sanchez, has been in charge of reading the document signed by all the associations of the march for dignity.

Their case is paradigmatic, they say, of what the organized struggle for rights entails. The woman was fired irregularly, as justice has just recognized, when she worked cleaning in the Tourism Delegation of the Junta de Andalucía in Granada, taking advantage of the change of headquarters of the institution. After years claiming his situation with mobilizations and union support, a court has ended up agreeing with him. For this reason, he wanted to value the importance of not ceasing to claim what is believed to be fair.

Announcing that the fight is taking place in the streets and that we are not fooled when they tell us otherwise, they have also recalled that next 8M we will have to take to the streets to vindicate feminism. Despite the fact that there is some controversy about whether or not it is convenient for this type of mobilization to take place in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

In any case, the manifestation of this 28F in Granada has been settled without incident and without anyone breaching the health protocols. Showing the social exhaustion, those attending this dignity march have managed to make at least the curious who crossed paths with them to hear their protests. With a very plain and direct corollary pronounced by one of the groups in attendance on the political class and large corporations: “They don’t give a shit about us”. Therefore, they will continue to be noticed whenever they can.

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