So much going on in Spain this week! Since regional elections last Sunday, there have been protest camps and marches in Madrid’s Puerto del Sol square and the Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona. And with over 30,000 protesters in Madrid, it’s being described as “unlike any protest before in this country”—a spontaneous sit-in spurred by mass dissatisfaction with government, huge unemployment, and you know, all of the unfair things in the world. Here’s a little video I shot of a small march heading up the Rambla to Placa de Catalunya in Barcelona. This one was focused on protecting endangered species. Every night at 9pm, there are various marches leading up the Rambla to the plaza. Cool!
From the BBC NEWS:
Spain’s overall jobless rate soared to 21% in the first quarter of this year, the highest in the industrialised world. Youth unemployment stands at 45%. Meanwhile, thousands of young protesters remain camped out in squares across the country. What began as a sit-in in Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol square a week ago has turned into a national protest movement popularly known as 15-M. About 30,000 people were estimated to have occupied the central square in the run-up to the vote.
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Reporting from a wacky little hotel in Poblenou, Barcelona, Espana.
Con mucho amor y solidaridad,