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The most recent news is that the Constitutional court has ruled in favor of all protests, but I doubt this is the end of it.
What you likely saw is trolling by ElPais or some other media on the fact that The Constitutional Court Upheld Demonstrations on Reflection Days in a 2010 decision. But this doesn't make law and still the electoral board gets to decide. The latest news is that The Electoral Board has banned protests on Saturday. The organizers of the 15M protests have decided not to call for continued demonstrations, "but people will go to Sol it they feel like it".

One thing is clear: the organizers of this are legally and politically savvy.

On Wednesday they told people to not bring any alcohol into the crowd in order to avoid being removed by application of the anti-botellón municipal ordinance [which was enacted to prevent groups of youths having inpromptu drinking parties on streets and public squares].

Yesterday, after the electoral commission banned the protests for allegedly interfering with the electoral campaign, the organizers told people to not talk about political parties.

Today, they're saying that they won't officially call for a demonstration but people are individually free to do what they want.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 04:51:50 AM EST
Yes.  I saw that.  Deeply confusing.  It looked like the Constitutional Court was allowing it before they banned it.

I can't help but think that these guys would do good to adopt some techniques like bikelocking. You put a large u-loop lock around your neck and connect it to another persons, and then sit down.  It makes it impossible for the police to move you without risking breaking your neck.  The video I took when we did it at my university explains it pretty well:



And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 06:07:33 AM EST
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Oops. See here and here.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 06:10:09 AM EST
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Like I said, it was the media putting pressure on the electoral board by pointing out the Constitutional Court decision of 2010.

This is not the US: the Constitutional Court doesn't make law.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 06:13:32 AM EST
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To add to the confusion, the Valencia provincial electoral board upheld the right of the protesters to keep their gatherings. It appears that the Madrid provincial electoral board is singuarly reactionnary.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 21st, 2011 at 03:07:07 PM EST
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