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    Default Real Democracy Now: 15M protests continue in Spain- Government tries to clear centre of Madrid before mid-August papal visit

    The recently formed broad based protest movement Democracia Real YA ihas grown rapidly using mainly social media and organised demonstrations in many Spanish cites yesterday.
    The movement is unaligned with any of Spain's political parties or unions and seems to consist of a broad cross section of Spanish society opposed to austerity.
    Madrid's Puerta del Sol central square is being occupied tonight by supporters of the movement who intend to remain there until Sunday's elections.
    Madrid - Spain is facing more social protests ahead of Sunday's local and regional elections after thousands of people demanded 'real democracy' in rallies around the country.
    Demonstrations would continue, Fabio Gandara, one of the organizers of last Sunday's protests, told the daily El Pais on Monday.
    About 50 young people meanwhile spent the night at Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square, saying they may stay there until the elections.
    An internet movement called 'Real Democracy Now' mobilized an estimated 20,000 people on Sunday in Madrid, where a small group of protestors engaged in acts of street violence, burning garbage containers and damaging bus shelters.
    Five police officers and two other people were injured as demonstrators clashed with riot police. Twenty-four people were detained.
    http://www.monstersandcritics.com/ne...ay-s-elections
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    Scene in the Puerta del Sol this evening:
    http://twitpic.com/4yk3i3

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    That's a great crowd PJ.

    I wish the Irish had this sort of stamina

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    Quote Originally Posted by ang View Post
    That's a great crowd PJ.

    I wish the Irish had this sort of stamina
    This movement seems to be gaining a lot of momentum today in Madrid and Barcelona. It seems to be spreading to other cities as well tonight.
    Hashtags #acampadasol #spanishrevolution for anyone keeping up to date.

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    Hopefully it won't be too long before the Irish get organised with other EU groups to combat this "Takeover under cover of crisis EU agenda"

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    Over 10,000 in the Puerta del Sol this evening(Tuesday). Very little in the anglophone media so far but here's a clip from El País which gives a flavour of the protest.
    http://politica.elpais.com/politica/...62_497160.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddyJoe McGillycuddy View Post
    Over 10,000 in the Puerta del Sol this evening(Tuesday). Very little in the anglophone media so far but here's a clip from El País which gives a flavour of the protest.
    http://politica.elpais.com/politica/...62_497160.html
    Of course there is. Cant have the paddies being rebels again.

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    Very impressive slide show here from El Mundo:
    http://www.elmundo.es/multimedia/?media=ck2EZKNrWEp

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    The occupation of the Plaza del Sol continues for a fourth night in spite of a ruling by election officials:
    Defying a ban by Madrid election officials, several thousand people gathered in Puerta del Sol on Wednesday as mass demonstrations against unemployment and the government's social policies swelled across the country for the fourth day.

    Anti-riot police were called in to enforce the ban, but at press time no one had been dislodged from Madrid's main square. People appeared in good spirits despite initial fears of confrontations.
    Earlier in the day, the Madrid Electoral Board banned organizers of the so-called 15-M movement from holding its rally. The board ruled that there existed "no special or serious reasons" for the urgent call for the mass demonstration. The Real Democracy Now platform, which is spearheading the movement, called on demonstrators to camp out in Madrid's Sol and other main squares in cities across Spain until Sunday's elections. But Madrid Board members decided that the protests "can affect the election race and the freedom of citizens to cast ballots" for whom they choose. The Central Electoral Board, which decides campaign policy for the entire nation, said it would make a final ruling in lieu of the different decisions being adopted by regional officials.
    http://www.elpais.com/articulo/engli...8elpeng_14/Ten

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    Looks like the beginnings of something in Spain.
    Now If they could only tie in with republicans and
    get rid of the bourbons........

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE6AD1K0AgU"]YouTube - Thousands protest economic crisis in Madrid - no comment[/ame]

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    A lot of tweets on this protest today. It really doe seem to be taking off/

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    The Spanish protests have finally made the international media today with coverage in all the main newspapers. There a good live blog here from El País with up to the minute updates.
    http://eskup.elpais.com/*elpais_in_english
    Similar protests are being organised in other European cities
    I see tonight that a demonstration is being held this Saturday at the Spire:
    http://www.irishleftreview.org/2011/...onnell-street/

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddyJoe McGillycuddy View Post
    The Spanish protests have finally made the international media today with coverage in all the main newspapers. There a good live blog here from El País with up to the minute updates.
    http://eskup.elpais.com/*elpais_in_english
    Similar protests are being organised in other European cities
    I see tonight that a demonstration is being held this Saturday at the Spire:
    http://www.irishleftreview.org/2011/...onnell-street/
    We live in hope. The key to the oncoming possibly leftist revolution is the armys loyalty. The gardai should be restricted to local policing. We need more soldiers for foreign aid and they should run all major policing operations handed over to the army. I know soldiers and trust anyone who has had wages cut by 40% to stand by us. Gardai are like mets. Dont you all agree? I think we can trust our soldiers who are always the first to get hit in every budget

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    From Der Speigel:
    They have been dubbed the "lost generation," with many of them unable to find jobs and forced to live at home as a result of the economic crisis. But now Spain's young people appear to have found their voice -- and they are taking their anger with their country's politicians into the streets.


    Protests are continuing on Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol square on Thursday. Many thousands of young people gathered on the square on Wednesday, defying a ban on the demonstration. BBC reported that as many as 2,000 stayed the night on the square. The young people are protesting against high unemployment, the Spanish government's handling of the economic crisis and the political establishment. They want a boycott of the major political parties, the ruling Socialists (PSOE) and the center-right opposition People's Party (PP), in this weekend's elections. Over 8,000 municipal and 13 regional elections are being held on Sunday.
    The protesters say they will stay on the square until the elections take place. Around 500 riot police were reported to be present on the square on Wednesday but did not intervene.
    http://www.spiegel.de/international/...763581,00.html

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    Excellent translation of the manifesto agreed by the protestors via Hugh Green at 'The Punishment of Sloth'
    http://hughgreen.wordpress.com/2011/...ost-manifesto/

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