It's a little better down here in the South it seems but the situation is far from normal. If I didn't have to have surgery next month I would be packing right now - today! I have never ever seen an entire nation collectively abandon their human rights and jump through every single hoop that is put in front of them by a tyrannical government. There appears to be no democratic consciousness here in Spain, the country truly is lost.
I agree with you, but it's not a lack of "democratic consciousness" (whatever in hell that is) but a question of faith. Spanish people, old and young have mostly faith in THEIR GOVERNMENT. Not in God, or Saints, but in THE STATE. When your god is the state, and you sincerely believe this, things like this are bound to happen. Modern Spaniards may complain a lot about their politicians but they sincerely believe that the government's duty is to take care of them and sincerely believe that everything will be ok if only the right people is in place. I say this with utter sadness since I'm one of their descendants from the other side of the pond and have visited Spain several times. And a similar disease seems to have taken hold of much of the western world.
That's why many people is UTTERLY UNABLE (at least for now) to see their government and state apparatus for what really is and judge it not according their preconceived notions but on its actions and where this actions are taking us.