This weekend is the 1-year anniversary of the 15M protestors, so they’re holding a 3-day event to mimic the events that happened last year. They started with a “Day of Global Mobilization” yesterday, and will have a “Day of Action” on the 15th. In Barcelona, they started occupying the city center, Plaça Cataluyna, yesterday evening.
Here’s what the group is currently demanding (you can see them in Spanish in the next image):
- Not a single euro more to rescue the banks.
- Public, high-quality education and health care.
- No to job insecurity and the labor reforms.
- Guaranteed access to decent housing.
- Universal basic income.
I wasn’t here last year for the protests, but this definitely looks smaller and tamer than the protests I saw last summer or even six months ago. At the bottom, there’s a gallery of a few photos I hurriedly took last night.
Here are some links to more info about the movement:
- ¡Democracia Real YA! – the official page of the movement in Spain (Real Democracy NOW).
- ¡Democràcia Real JA! BCN – the Facebook page for the Barcelona division
- Las marchas del 12M en imágenes – photos from all over Spain of this weekend’s protests.
- Democracia Real Ya: Five Reasons to Take The Streets – Occupy Wall Street’s take on Spain’s indignados
- You: Thousands protest austerity in Spain via CNN
- Spanish police clears ‘indignants’ from Madrid’s square via the Daily Star
And a few other posts I’ve written about the movement:
- Barcelona’s 15M: World Revolution Day – which took place back in October.
- The 29M Protest in Barcelona – which was on the 29th of March
We’ll see what happens over the rest of the weekend with the protests. It’ll be interesting to see whether they get as crazy as the March protests did.