“Indignant” protesters converge on Madrid in national show of strength

(dw-world.de) Protesters from across Spain have converged in Madrid to show frustration over the country’s economic woes. Months after the height of demonstrations, activists have established a permanent presence in the capital.

Two months after the country’s “indignant” protests saw the Puerta del Sol square filled with tents, Madrid once again became a focus for demonstration on Sunday.

Thousands of people from across Spain converged on the city to voice their dismay over high unemployment, which stands at more than 20 percent, and a perceived lack of policies to address the economic crisis.

More than 500 protesters who marched on foot for weeks from across Spain were joined by participants who arrived by bus and train at the Puerta del Sol square.

Almost half of Spain’s under-25s are without a jobThe square is recognized as the geographic center of Spain, with all road distances measured from a point there known as “kilometer zero.” It is no coincidence therefore, that protesters chose this place to demonstrate their unity in opposing a political system they believe has failed them.

“Cutbacks for the rich first” and “People of Europe rise up” were among the placards on display on Sunday. Activists say they are disappointed by the policies of Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and the conservative opposition Popular Party.

Read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15263335,00.html

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