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category international | anti-war / imperialism | opinion/analysis author Friday March 12, 2004 21:45author by iosaf - black ribbons Report this post to the editors

Today black ribbons appeared throughout Spain and Europe.

In the corner of the screeb of every national TV channel in Spain. In the corner of every local cable TV station in Spain.
On the banner of most national newspapers.
On the doors of many shops, retail chains, ministry of culture, museums, libraries.
In madrid the route of the concentration was overlooked by black ribbons hanging from the tower blocks.

In Valencia the people assembled with black ribbons either drawn on impromtu posters,
some reading "No to Terrorism!", "No to War", "Peace", "We are all Victims".
In barcelona black ribbons appeared earliest on the ministry of culture, and by four o' clock all shops in the central city had closed the largest chain stores flying catalan colours with a black ribbon. In addition to the posters, banners and graffiti that proclaimed "We are all Victims" and "we are with Madrid", small groups moved through the concentration at 7pm with a banner "Bush/Aznar and Al Qaeda are two sides of the same coin", I have to report that the silence was broken by applause from every section of the crowd.
I have to write, that today was not "Auturem La Guerra!" nor was it the general strike. It was supposed to be simply silent.
and so all shops closed with the notalbe exception of those who primarily serve the tourist. As a companion remarked only the tourists seemed to be light-hearted.

Specifically The Irish bars of C/Ferran remained open after Mc Donalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken had closed. The Pakistani souvenir stores which were the only to remain open during the general strike remained open.

But today was not a general strike.

As President (in functions) Aznar addressed the nation, a black ribbon hung on the flag behind him.

As he joined with the leaders of trade unions, the prince Felipe, and the former president of Catalonia, black ribbons were drawn on the banner, he _too_ held.

Black Ribbons mean something.

When parents cut black cloth and pin a ribbon on their small children and bring them out into the street, to stand in silence something has been meant.

March 11th, for the Spanish "M11" for the american 3/11 is an atrocity the scale of which will not properly be felt in any period of state sponsered mourning. The effects of 198 dead and 1400 wounded in a city a few million, in a country of less than 40 million reach into every town and neighbourhood.
They reached Ireland and the UK too.
They reached France, where the state has reacted exactly as the US did to 9/11 by putting the country on alert. By three in the afternoon all metro stations of Paris had been clamped down in displays of armed security and the posters "Basta YA!" had appeared on every pillar.

¿Have black ribbons reached the USA?

Mr bush has promised the assistance of the USA to Spain, in the same week that he has tossed the sod for a monument to mourning.
Madrid 11th of March was and is an atrocity.
and we are all victims, from those who collapsed the telecom system yesterday in frantic bids to locate relatives, to those who today saw their beliefs called into question our subject to cruel eye of prejudice.
I stood in silence with my Israeli companion in a row with three imams of this city and thought, there is much I could write, there is a lot I could throw out into the ether and cyberspace. But sometimes less is more.

Against Terrorism
Against War
Against Lies
We Are All Victims.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   .     .    Fri Mar 12, 2004 22:27 
   My deepest sympathies to you all     Eoin Dubsky    Sat Mar 13, 2004 00:39 
   Caught in the crossfire...     David C.    Sat Mar 13, 2004 02:20 
   Black Ribbons     avi H.    Sat Mar 13, 2004 07:50 
   Dublin Solidarity With Madrid     redjade    Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:05 
   Dublin Solidarity With Madrid     redjade    Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:06 
   with one day to go before the General Election of March 14.     iosaf    Sat Mar 13, 2004 13:58 
   What about the anti-war movement?     Anthony G.    Sat Mar 13, 2004 14:05 
   'els morts són nostres; les guerres, seues'     the catalans.    Sat Mar 13, 2004 14:28 
 10   Where were you?     WAR ON TERROR    Sat Mar 13, 2004 15:37 
 11   how to say something when something is happening (doesn't include having a go at the irish rojos)     you know who and where i am.    Sat Mar 13, 2004 17:28 
 12   Solidarity     dmoran    Sat Mar 13, 2004 23:07 
 13   shame on bertie     jose    Sat Mar 13, 2004 23:52 
 14   Did we need a wakeup call?     Arthur McKevitt    Sun Mar 14, 2004 00:07 
 15   61 year old, Basque, killed by State Violence and lies     Sick of Aznar's Lies!!    Sun Mar 14, 2004 05:02 
 16   Victims of terror     avi H.    Sun Mar 14, 2004 06:17 
 17   fighting terror with terror, makes the whole world terrorised     redjade    Sun Mar 14, 2004 15:00 
 18   What Have the Terorists Done to Us?     iosaf    Sun Mar 14, 2004 15:54 
 19   Cynical opportunism     kokomero    Mon Mar 15, 2004 09:54 
 20   Message of support from Shannon axtivist     Mary Kelly    Mon Mar 15, 2004 10:56 
 21   If 90% of Spaniards were against the Iraq war why were they directly attacked?     righteous pragmatist    Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:19 
 22   re: RP     Joe    Mon Mar 15, 2004 11:44 
 23   How then do we stop the terrorists?     Righteous pragamatist    Mon Mar 15, 2004 13:10 
 24   the solution     the solution    Mon Mar 15, 2004 14:18 
 25   Well I wouldn't start from here     Joe    Mon Mar 15, 2004 15:00 
 26   No Joe, that's all wrong...     Badman    Mon Mar 15, 2004 15:09 
 27   ha     hmmm    Mon Mar 15, 2004 15:17 
 28   Hear, Hear Hmmmm     Badman    Mon Mar 15, 2004 15:24 
 29   Think about it     Joe    Mon Mar 15, 2004 17:17 
 30   fight 'em doesn't work     Julie Stout    Mon Mar 15, 2004 20:07 
 31   Welcome aboard Julie     .    Tue Mar 16, 2004 00:09 
 32   Just to say:     Northern Eye    Tue Mar 16, 2004 02:42 
 33   There is another way     kokomero    Tue Mar 16, 2004 10:04 
 34   This is about RELIGION!     Righteous pragmatist    Tue Mar 16, 2004 11:13 
 35   re: RP     Joe    Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:39 
 36   rightous pragmatist     iosaf    Tue Mar 16, 2004 12:39 
 37   WHAT THE FUCK?     righteous pragmatist    Tue Mar 16, 2004 15:16 
 38   go back and read this thread from the start.     serenity    Tue Mar 16, 2004 15:41 
 39   I'll tell you what he's on about     kokomero    Tue Mar 16, 2004 18:39 
 40   Iosaf???     Moa Word    Wed Mar 17, 2004 11:31 
 41   temple bar was built on Mao. wasn't it, you 40 year old style heads?     +    Wed Mar 17, 2004 16:05 
 42   oops, thank you     Mao Word    Wed Mar 17, 2004 18:51 
 43   oh yes lots of people made that mistake.     :-)    Wed Mar 17, 2004 20:11 
 44   just thought to tell you that the black ribbon shape     ~~~@~~~    Fri Mar 26, 2004 23:45 
 45   CSOA Hamsa update     okupe    Fri Mar 26, 2004 23:52 
 46   R.I.P.     iosaf    Sat Mar 11, 2006 10:56 
 47   History of Black Ribbon and more...     Gay Geori    Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:15 
 48   Gay Geori     iosaf    Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:28 
 49   Pilar Manjon continues to receive death threats.     iosaf    Sun Mar 12, 2006 19:30 
 50   I feel incomfortable about the photos in the top of the pick google.     ipsi    Sun Mar 12, 2006 22:17 

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