Hacktivist collective Anonymous is streaming live footage of a self-styled ‘revolution’ in Spain, as protesters camped out in Madrid’s main square accuse authorities and media of playing down a week of demonstrations across the country.
Support for the Spanish protestors remains vocal on Internet outlets such as Twitter, with Anonymous streaming live footage of the sit-in occupying the Spanish capital’s Puerta del Sol on its AnonOps blog.
Led by two anarchist groups, Democracia Real Ya! and Juventud Sin Futuro, demonstrators have occupied the square since Sunday, and have now installed themselves under makeshift tarpaulin shelters.
Demonstrators accuse mainstream media outlets in Spain of ignoring the protests, which appear to have swelled to epic proportions.
Protestors are reported to have formed committees to organise food, communications, cleaning, music, health and legal services. Volunteers have translated campaign literature into English, French, Arabic and sign language. According to one report, so much food was brought to the demonstrators by well-wishers that the camp’s organisers had to look for somewhere to store it.
Unrest began in the capital and elsewhere on Sunday 15th May, with thousands marching through more than 50 towns and cities including Valencia, Zaragoza and Barcelona. The demonstrations were called to protest at social conditions for the young and disadvantaged, with marchers holding aloft banners proclaiming: ‘We’re not merchandise in the hands of politicians and bankers’.
According to protestors, unemployment among under-25s in Spain stood at 43.5 per cent in February – more than twice the national average for the population, and the highest youth unemployment rate in the European Union.
Spanish-speaking readers have contacted thinq_ to report alleged harassment by Spanish authorities, who protestors claim have turned off traffic cameras in the busy plaza – with some hinting at the possibility of a sinister plan being hatched behind the scenes. The Madrid electoral board is pushing for the Puerta del Sol encampment to be cleared ahead of Sunday, when the country is due to go to the polls in regional elections.
Under the slogan “ni PP ni PSOE” (“Neither PP nor PSOE”), protestors have been urging voters to deliver a bloody nose to Spain’s two main political parties, both of which they accuse of being corrupt and undemocratic.
Sit-in protests are also reported to be springing up outside Spanish embassies in foreign cities from London to Jerusalem.Leave a comment on this article