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The History of Valencia

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Valencia is one of the oldest cities in Spain. The influences of the city are taken from the Moors, Christians and the Romans. Founded in 138 BC as a Roman Colony it was a place for the soldiers to settle, this army was later destroyed in the war between Pompey and Sertorius. The lost ground was recovered in the first Century, and the urban growth had slowly begun.

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Visigothic Period:

In 554, the city gained importance after the invasion of Byzantine. In 625, the Byzantine were expelled, and the Visigothic military contingents were sent to Valencia to fortify the Roman amphitheater.

Muslim Balansiya:

In 714 AD the city was invaded by the Moors and without even fighting, Valencia was surrendered to them. The Muslims began to show their dominion and converted the cathedral of Saint Vincent into a Mosque. The trading business started to boom and silk, leather, ceramics, silver, and glass were some of the things that were traded. In the year 1238, James the first of Aragon expelled the Moors from the city. More than 50,000 moors were forced to leave the town. After this event, a new society was formed and the Valencian people we know today are the generation of this community. The mosque was purified and converted back to a cathedral.

The Renaissance period:

The Renaissance period of Valencia was during the 14th and the 15th century; this period was considered as the Golden era, and the economy of the city flourished due to agriculture and maritime trade. A lot of symbolic buildings were constructed during this time. Some of them were the Valencia Cathedral, the Torres de Serrano, the Torres de Quart and Palau de la Generalitat. The regional government of Valencia now uses Palau de la Generalitat as its headquarters.

One of the first printing presses of the Iberian Peninsula was located in Valencia, and the printing started in the year 1473.

Modernism in Valencia:

When America was discovered, the Europeans were keen to expand their trade over the Atlantic. But the Valencians along with few others were not allowed to participate in the cross-Atlantic commerce; this created a severe loss in the economy of the city. The war of Spanish Succession in 1709 marked the end of the Kingdom of Valencia and the city sided with Charles of Austria. In the 18th century, the economy of the town slowly began to rise when silk and ceramic tiles were manufactured. In 1776, there was a significant improvement in agriculture and other industries.

Valencia remains to be the third most populated cities in Spain, and it is also third in the economy and industrial development. The First World War and the Second World War again affected the economy of Valencia, and only in the 1960s the town slowly started to regain its economy. Today the council of the city is governed by the People’s party of Spain and the mayor Rita Barberá Nolla.

Things You Didn’t Know About Valencia

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Valencia

Valencia is one of the best places to embrace the Mediterranean life. If all you want to do on your holiday is to sip wine and sit by the beach, feeling the gentle breeze on your face, then Valencia is perfect for you. The people in Valencia are laid back and informal and thus making it an excellent place for you to sit back and relax. Located on the East Coast of Spain, Valencia has a lot of exciting things for you to explore.

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The following are some of the things you did not know about Valencia.

Paella is originally from Valencia:

Most of us think that Paella is quite a popular in Spain and would have tasted it when we visited Spain. But unless you have eaten Paella in Valencia itself you can’t say that you have relished the real stuff. Paella is far more than just a meal to the Spaniards, and you must try it out if you happen to go to Valencia.

Valencia has Europe’s largest urban park:

The river Turia flooded the city in the year 1957 and covered the city up to a depth of 3 meters, and some of the stains on the walls can still be seen.  Right now it is a park, and it runs for several kilometers between the city. It is the best place to hire a bike and go for a ride. You can also find sports facilities and children’s park.

Valencia is the city of arts and science:

The City of arts and science is a brilliant architectural complex, and it has an aquarium, planetarium, science museum and a convention center. The blue waters that surround the building can be drained in very less time, and that area is used for space exhibition, horse show jumping, music concerts, etc.

Spanish is not spoken in Valencia:

Though the city is located on the east coast of Spain, the locals there do not speak Spanish. The population has an official language called the Valenciano, and it is a dialect of Catalan.

The transport network is quite confusing:

The metro used in the city is not very feasible to go around the city as the routes are designed to take you to the nearest suburbs, and if you want to go around the city, then it is best if you take a local bus. You also need to know that the buses take a circular route which means that they do not drop off and pick up at the same spot. But apart from that, the public transport is clean and neat.

It never rains in Valencia:

Rain is a bizarre event in Valencia, and if it rains in the city, the locals are shocked. The town has about 8hrs of sunshine, and thus it makes it a perfect place for tourist to visit all year round. Summers can be a bit hot, and the lowest temperature recorded during winter is around 10°C.

New statement. Concentration at CIES and Demonstration against repression of June 25

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United... About 400 people attended a protest against proposed cuts to the University of Otago humanities division on the Dunedin campus yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH

On Tuesday, June 25, a concentration against repression at 9:00 a.m. at the CIE de Sapadors is convened.

Jaume Asens, lawyer of the 5 anarchists of Sabadell

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We reproduce a video found on latele.cat of the declarations of the lawyer of the 5 of Sabadell, where they explain several aspects of the case as the beginning of the root investigation.

New Mexican-vegan recipe book

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Here I present the fresh out of the Mexican vegan oven. Made all to diy, scissors, glue, pen, ink and many hours!

Enhancement. On the arrest of the anarchists in Sabadell and the media, judicial and police terrorism

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From early hours of yesterday morning some anarchists are quite anxious to know who the detainees are, since we have no knowledge of who they are or what exactly they are accused of. According to the press they are “members” of the anarchist group Bandera Negra, of which we also had no knowledge of their existence and of which we have only found that they have a Facebook page.
The truth is that the arrests do nothing more than materialize a situation that we already saw some come. In recent weeks they have been sporadically appearing in virtual press articles (Cadena Ser, Europa Press, etc.) on anarchists, making an ensaladilla of matters that do not keep a real relation, but that serve to create a propitious situation for a coup like this . And there are a few colleagues who have manifested through articles about it in blogs, pages and
publications.

“Enhancing terrorism”, the media said. But they do not mention the terrorism that the same afternoon of the arrests took to a young person of 30 years of Sant Carles de la Ràpita to burn to the bonzo in front of the City council of the city, do not mention like terrorism to the situation that took to a man of Murcia to commit suicide waiting for an eviction the day before the detentions of Sabadell, but prefer to talk about anarchist terrorists, they prefer to channel their opinion on the widespread discontent that makes thousands of young people no longer believe in established “political solutions” (see the ridiculous article of La Vanguardia on the same day of the arrests “Some 12,000 people belong to violent bands in Spain” in which it puts in the same bag anarchists, Lating King and fascist bands).

“Exaltation of terrorism” say the judges. But they do not mention the terror created by the application of their increasingly hard laws against the poor and the criminal hardening that this year increases penalties (many of them related to the protests). They prefer to continue with their terror and to evict families, to condemn hard the poverty and the protest, to attack those who fight against this System that suffocates and oppresses.

“Enhancement of terrorism,” police said. But they do not mention the terror generated by their rubber balls and their gases, their arrogance and their sticks. His complicity with neo-Nazi and fascist groups here, in Germany, in Russia and elsewhere.

At the moment we do not even know the names of the detainees, only (and according to the press also) that tomorrow they will pass in the National Audience before the judge Santiago Pedraz, our new Garzón. This character, who is an ecologist and progre is the ring that suits the current situation, what could be called as a centaur judge: while deciding not to prosecute De Juana Chaos for opinion articles and files the case for the siege to the Congress in Madrid stating that “it is necessary to agree that it is not possible to prohibit praising or defending ideas or doctrines, even if they depart or even call into question the constitutional framework”, signed the sentence against thirty-three accused persons to belong to Jarrai, Segi and Haika and sends to arrest anarchists by exaltation of the terrorism.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we assume that just like his predecessor Baltasar will applaud and encourage torture here and now while condemning repression in Tibet and interrogating Guatemalan dictators.

Waiting for more news about our colleagues, we call for solidarity with them. We know that the investigation is open and that there are more arrests in the same area (this time in Terrassa and Cerdanyola).

Freedom to the anarchists!

Kafeta “do it yourself” in the cso el Nido

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As every week there is kafeta in the cso el Nido. Serigraphy workshop at 19.30 (remember to bring your own t-shirt !!) and at 9.00 pm a vegan arbor at will.

Location

CSO El Nido

Carreras Puchalt, 7

Benimaclet, Valencia

Anti-Pride 2013

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“The Stonewall Revolt”. The LGTBQI community of that time, fed up with being treated vexatiously by the police and the conservative sectors of the city, rebelled. And they did not open that door asking permission from anyone, nor did they go to seek business support to mount their deed, nor did they bother to offer a “nice note of color” to the media. On the contrary, they created affinity groups with a horizontal character and played a “face-to-face” against the whole system of exclusion.  

 

We “resonate” with those ideals of justice and respect for diversity. And we want to take the post of that ideology, closer to the “dream of freedom and social coexistence” than this decadent oligopoly and transnational capitalism 

We want to point out the  flagrant contradiction  that represents turning this protest party into a  “parade of companies”. We feel part of this celebration that is the “Pride” but our struggle is against the yoke of capitalist and heteropatriarchal oppression.

 

Or is it that our whole struggle is reduced to getting legal and symbolic homologation in the hetero-normative imaginary? No, definitely, we are not the “crazy chic” who yearn to marry between opulent phrases making vows of “pink consumption.” We are not interested in being the “happening note of color” in a gossipy snob magazine, nor does it appeal to us having a dreamy honeymoon in the exotic fashionable setting. That Gay world exists, yes, as there is social insensitivity. But that LGTBQI environment totally assimilated to consumerism, does not identify us at all.  We want to be the heirs of the “revolt”, which point to the structural violence of the whole system. 

 

IT IS VIOLENCE: persecution against the sex workers, abortion prohibition, persecution against poverty, the prison system, the educational system, the precarious health system, psychiatric transphobia, political class and the crown.

 

We want to see other forms of love that have nothing to do with the traditional couple and their individualistic values. We want to live polyamory and expanded sexuality beyond gender stereotypes. Our celebration commemorates a revolt that faces the rigidity of this homophobic, misogynist and macho patriarchy. In our celebration comes the “pen,” the joy and the color, but do not enter partisan slogans or corporate brands. WE ARE A SOCIAL MOVEMENT with four decades of history, we are not the gateway of the gambling dens that profit from our leisure. We are “people of the foot”, diverse, freethinking and independent. The floats do not represent us, the symbols of economic status seem abhorrent to us, political demagogy only provokes rejection and the only aesthetic models are of no interest to us at all. 

 

For a struggle LGTBQI solidarity, self-managed and politically involved. For a struggle LGTBQI independent of institutions and organized horizontally. For a socially sensitive LGTBQI fight,  do not try to look away before the GREAT CAPITALIST INJUSTICE. 

 

On 28-J we have celebrated 44 years since the memorable revolt and today, more than ever, we have reasons to recover the original character of our struggle, which is first and foremost a struggle for “social justice” in the full and comprehensive sense of expression .