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Spain's indignados make a return to the streets

by Joel Sans, En Lluita, Barcelona
Issue No. 2303

Town square protests returned at the weekend (Pic: )

Town square protests returned at the weekend (Pic:

The streets of the Spanish state echoed with opposition to banks and calls for “real democracy” last Saturday as the indignados (outraged) marked the first anniversary of their 15 May movement.

Last year the indignados burst onto the streets with mass occupations of city squares.

For the anniversary they organised more than 70 marches. The largest were in Madrid with 250,000 people and Barcelona with 200,000.

The massive turnout was similar to protests last June and October.

Fewer people are involved in local assemblies than when the movement started. But Saturday showed the outrage is very much alive.

In many cities and towns the demos were followed by mass assemblies in the squares. Some 8,000 took part in Barcelona.

In Madrid the government banned the occupation of Puerta del Sol after 10pm. But 50,000 stayed until midnight.

Police evicted the protesters, but blockades and occupations were planned to continue until Wednesday of this week.

These protests follow a general strike on 29 March. The indignados’ mood was present in the general strike—and resistance to austerity was at the centre of Saturday’s protests.

The call to not pay the debt emerged in all in the assemblies.

The government has bailed out Bankia, the country’s largest bank. It is giving at least £8 billion—the amount cut from health and education last month.

The growing fusion between workers’ protests and the indignados can boost resistance to government attacks.

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Tue 15 May 2012, 16:57 BST
Issue No. 2303
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