Thousands have taken to the streets this week in Spain to protest against corruption, precariousness, unemployment, and a political structure that favors a two-party system. “We’re not merchandise in the hands of bankers and politicians,” was the motto of tens of thousands who demonstrated all over the country on May 15, a few days before the upcoming regional elections.
It did not stop there. The demonstrations were followed by a peaceful sit-in on May 16, with hundreds camping at Madrid’s main square, la “Puerta del Sol.” The movement, mainly coordinated by the youth organization Democracia Real Ya [es], has been extremely active online.
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