The 15M citizens’ assemblies in different cities in Spain, along with other networks and social organizations, have built a platform for a Citizen Debt Audit to determine its illegitimacy. It began a process led by the people to address the debt problem, denouncing those responsible for it and demanding the non-payment of an illegitimate debt.
In Spain, as in other countries in the European periphery, we are
witnessing a Debt Crisis used to justify the social cuts and austerity
policies which are destroying social and labor rights won with the effort
and struggle of past generations. Basic public services such as education,
health and social services are being reduced and privatized with impunity.
Citizens are seeing their retirement age delayed, their living conditions
made precarious, their pensions freeze and their labor rights disappear.
There is more than enough evidence of illegitimacy in the Spanish
Government’s debt, as, together with the EU and regional governments, they
are using it as the reason to go ahead with bleeding austerity policies.
This is why we have the right to know, to understand the details of the
process that led us to this situation. This initiative has, among other
objectives, the need to recover our democratic and sovereign power to be
able to decide what to do with the debt and with our future, without the
interference of financial markets, the European Commission, the ECB or the
The debt of the Spanish economy is huge, above 400% GDP, but who subscribed
and benefited from this debt? Is it true that we have lived beyond our
means, as repeated over and over again by the press and the Government? Or,
on the contrary, has this debt benefited a powerful minority that continues
making profits with privatizations and austerity policies? Are we paying a
debt we haven’t created, a debt that was subscribed against the general
interest of the people? Or is the mechanism designed precisely to generate
an illegitimate debt?
The Audit collective will be in our squares during Global May to denounce
this situation and build together a citizens’ platform to dismantle the
The International Citizen Debt Audit Network (ICAN) brings together
movements and networks in different European and North African countries,
fighting austerity measures through the implementation of Citizen Debt
Audits. Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Poland, United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Belgium, Egypt and Tunisia are all developing or
initiating Citizen Debt Audit campaigns against austerity and debt.
Our motto:: “We don?t owe! We won?t pay!”
Barcelona’s Debt Audit website: http://www.auditoria15m.org/
Article on international coordination: http://wp.me/p1Atrv-1rk
RSA Animate – Crisis of Capitalism:
– Catastroika http://www.catastroika.com/
– Debtocracy: http://www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html