On the street by Samuel

Last night there were concentrations in many Spanish towns to condemn the murder of Samuel, a 24-year-old boy who at dawn this Saturday received a fatal beating in the streets of A Coruña. From the first moment, friends of Samuel pointed out that there was a homophobic background in aggression; the Police have no record but ask for time to collect more data and statements have been taken from 13 people. If anything, Samuel’s death rekindles concern for the attacks against LGTBI people and the fear they live with.

The demonstrations were massive. In Madrid, a group was taking different streets of the center until there have been police charges that journalists like Fermín Grodira have filmed. You’ll see the footage of the uploads many times today, with bumps that don’t seem to make much sense from some agents. Thousands of people are asking for explanations on Twitter, to which they have even joined popular faces among the young.

  • And in Barcelona. The Mossos they investigate another attack shouting “fag” against a young man in the Barcelona town of Sant Cugat del Vallès.
  • And in Madrid. A municipal policeman has been denounced for slapping a boy after calling him “hottie” and “fag” when he indicated that he could not access a street during the Pride celebrations in Chueca.


Surely you remember that Vox electoral poster that attacked unaccompanied minors, with false data and the image of an old woman and a young man with a covered face (the young man was not an immigrant and the photo was not taken in Spain, but that’s another history).

The Prosecutor’s Office and the PSOE denounced the cartel for a possible hate crime, but the Provincial Court of Madrid defends the legality of the cartel. It does so with arguments more typical of an opinion column or of a gathering: the car recognizes that the poster may have false data but that there are other ideas “of the opposite sign” that are “as criticizable or more than these” and, to finish off , that immigrant minors “represent an obvious social and political problem.” Something that, as we explain here, it only supports Vox and has no data to back it up. It is simply the opinion of the judge.

The rapporteur for this judgment is the same magistrate who sentenced the then spokesperson for Podemos in Madrid, Isa Serra, to 19 months in prison for what 7 police officers said she said while trying to stop an eviction. Sentence has just been ratified by the Supreme.

UK plays with fire again

When the pandemic began, the new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent weeks saying that that of the Covid-19 was not so bad and that we had to let the virus infect us, that we get to herd immunity quickly, and continue. Soon he had to rectify, he himself fell ill, and restrictions much harsher than those of Spain, for example, came into force.

Now that we are dating, Boris Johnson is once again being trusting. Announces that on July 19 the mask is over in the United Kingdom also in public transport and the rest of the interior. The scientific council says otherwise.


Do not pass

  • Only yes is yes. Today the Government gives the green light to the law of sexual freedom, in which the terms of consent for sexual relations are redefined and penalties are established for street harassment. You can check the details here.
  • If you are a temporary worker, take a look at this. The Government closes a historic agreement with the unions to end temporary employment. Some 300,000 places would become fixed.
  • Pablo Iglesias lets himself be seen (a bit). He has been absolutely missing for two months. He hasn’t even tweeted about his ruling party’s achievements, such as trans law, or about the new leadership of Ione Belarra. Nothing. This Monday he gave a talk to a small group of university students and researchers.
  • A new Chile. Chile is going to start drafting a new Constitution that will finally replace the one that has been in force since Pinochet’s time. To do so, a Constituent Assembly has been elected, which will be chaired by an indigenous Mapuche woman. May they resist the reactionary backlash, because it will surely come.


Everything is politics

  • Fast and furious. Is there a political message behind the movie saga where everything is tuned cars, impossible stunts and adrenaline? Sure, there always is, even if it’s involuntary. This review talks about how there is something of rebellion and catharsis of a frustrated testosterone, about how the card of class struggle and violence is played superficially with the card of escape.
  • Fast and silencious. Hybrid and electric cars have an advantage that humans are not yet ready for: they are silent. Surely as a pedestrian you have ever had a scare with a taxi that you had right behind and you had not noticed. Quiet motors carry a considerable increase in abuses according to ONCE, especially for blind people. From now on, electric cars sold in Europe they have to fake the noise of a lifelong engine. Paradoxes
  • The exotic West. I liked it is fasting by researcher Sirio Canos-Donnay, who tells how ancient Asians discovered European civilizations. This change of perspective, that our society is exotic and misinterpreted in the eyes of the eastern empires, puts us before the mirror of our own historical biases. They were very surprised by the size of our noses.

Today this newsletter is written and read by listening this.

More tomorrow.

A hug,


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