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By Sam Robson
Thursday, May 26, 2011 Sam Robson’s ZSpace Page
Pictures of Madrid‘s central plaza known as Puerta del Sol bear an uncanny resemblance to Tahrir Square in Cairo following more than a week of demonstrations and an ongoing encampment in protest of the devastating effects of the economic crisis and the Spanish state’s collaboration with bankers and business interests to impose austerity.
The demonstrations began with an Internet call for a May 15 protest to demand “real democracy.” Tens of thousands turned out, and many stayed into the night as the encampment began. The protesters–dubbed “indignados,” or the indignant–endured a vicious police crackdown, but the occupation has continued, gathering strength and spreading to cities and towns across Spain, in spite of the fact that no major unions or political parties have participated.