— The Erimtan Angle —

 

Anti-austerity protesters camping out in Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol have voted to continue their campaign. Thousands of  people, angry at political corruption, welfare cuts and soaring unemployment are refusing to leave despite warnings from the government to go. The protesters, sometimes called “the indignant”, have become increasingly entrenched in the square since they
began occupying it on May 15. Originally organised to target local elections last week, the mainly young-people-protest is staying put.

 

The BBC adds that the ‘protesters, calling themselves “los indignados” [the indignant] and “15-M”, are demanding jobs, better living standards, a fairer system of democracy and changes to the centre-left Socialist government’s austerity plans. Voters delivered a crushing defeat to the Socialists in local elections a week ago. The tent city protesters have organised themselves into groups to look after food, cleaning and publicity. In Barcelona, dozens of protesters were hurt when police cleared protesters from
the Plaza de Catalunya on Friday [,27 May]. The police action came on the eve of Barcelona’s football final in the Champions League, when big crowds of fans were expected in the streets. But many protesters returned to the square later and the Barcelona rally is continuing. Thousands of protesters are also camping out in the cities of Seville, Valencia and Logrono. But in Toledo, protesters have decided to pack up a similar tent city and leave. On Sunday night, police in Paris dismantled tents erected by protesters in Place de la Bastille who gathered to show their solidarity with the Spanish protesters. A crowd of about 1,000 was dispersed by police in the square, a Paris landmark as symbolic as Madrid’s Puerta del Sol’.[1]

 


[1] “Spain: Protesters vote to stay in Madrid tent city” BBC News (30 March 2011). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13593016.

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