This technique, consisting of bashing a saucepan (symbolic in Spain for making tortillas) from your own home, accompanied by your neighbours, originated as a form of protest during the South American dictatorships and made famous during the Argentinian economic crisis.
This video shows why the “indignados” movement in Barcelona brought out their saucepans — when you listen to just three of its comments on the system failure of the key components that make up society…and why they feel it’s not working for them.
1. Democracy: “There were more spoiled votes than votes for the winning party”
2. Economy: “Even when you’re evicted, you still have to pay the interest on the rent of your house”
3. State: “Activists occupied an abandoned building to provide housing for the homeless”
Time to reboot?