Protests In Spain

Spanish Police Crack Down on Protesters Surrounding the Parliament

September 26, 2012

Anti-austerity rage intensified in Madrid, as protesters surrounded the parliament Tuesday night in a sign of mounting frustration towards the right-wing government. Their demands included the resignation of top officials with new elections, the halt to austerity measures, and the rewriting of the Spanish Constitution. The protesters charged the government with theft and criminal activity for implementing harsh austerity measures, hiking taxes, record unemployment and allowing mass evictions of unemployed families on a daily basis. As thousands converged outside the gates of parliament, hundreds of police clashed with protesters, detaining and beating many. Organizers of the action were harassed and intimidated by the police weeks before September 25th. Activists were detained, assembly meetings broken up and a cultural center was raided and shut down. The Spanish government, with help of the mainstream media, hyped the event as a possible coup d’etate. Nearly 2,000 police officers were deployed to prevent the protesters from reaching the parliament. Despite the main unions withdrawing their support, it’s estimated close to 10,000 people attended. The call to surround the congress brought out Spaniards from all walks of life despite police repression to prevent activists from mobilizing. On numerous occasions, the police pushed and shoved us as we tried to film. Other journalists were beaten and injured by rubber bullets. Story produced by Jihan Hafiz and Jairo Vargas Martin.

Anti-Austerity Protests and Strikes Rock Spain

September 18, 2012

Spain’s struggling public sector workers and the unemployed converged on Spain’s capitol to denounce their governments decision to implement deeper spending cuts. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced last month an additional $85 billon more in austerity measures, accompanied with higher taxes, and possibly request more bailout funds. As a result, Spaniards are turning to more direct actions to challenge the government.

TRNN Exclusive Interview with Spain’s Robin Hood Mayor

September 5, 2012

Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo has become the face of the growing protest movement in Spain. The mayor of a small town in Southern Spain called Marinaleda, he has become well-known for leading combative protests and sit-ins, including a protest in a supermarket in which food was taken and redistributed to the poor. But Sánchez Gordillo has backed up his critiques of capitalism with a viable alternative. In his town of Marinaleda, there is full employment, people rent homes for 15 Euros a month, and everybody who works in the agricultural cooperative that was formed, including the mayor, earns the same salary.

Spain’s Robin Hood Mayor and Landless Peasants Battle Bankers

September 4, 2012

In Southern Spain, Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo, mayor of the small town of Marinaleda, is helping organize a growing protest movement against the austerity measures imposed by the Spanish government. Sánchez Gordillo and the landless peasants that follow him are at the forefront of demonstrations seeking a radical change in the country’s economic policies in response to the country’s worsening crisis.

Educational Strike in Spain Brings Hundreds of Thousands Into the Streets

May 23, 2012

Students, parents and teachers from all levels of the Spanish public education system went on strike to protest the massive cuts proposed as part of the government’s austerity program.

Spain’s "Indignados" Mobilize Against Austerity

May 14, 2012

With the highest unemployment rate in Europe, the Spanish people take to the streets in Madrid and elsewhere to mark one year since the massive demonstrations that caused ripples around the world. They’re calling for a global revolution, but who will respond?

Massive Protests Fill the Streets of Madrid

May 12, 2012

Tens of thousands of Spaniards joined protestors in dozens of other European cities to mark the 1-year anniversary of the "Indignado" movement, and to demand an end to the austerity measures taken in response to the economic crisis (Full report expected tomorrow).

Spain’s "Indignados" and the Globalization of Dissent

January 20, 2012

The Occupy Movement has taken much of its inspiration from Spain’s "Outraged" Movement: what lessons does Spain have for Occupy now?

Spanish polls prompt fresh indignados protest

November 14, 2011

EuroNews: With jobless rates continuing to top 20 per cent, the Spanish opposition Popular Party has a clear lead over the Socialists

Indignados keep up protests

November 6, 2011

EuroNews: If the euro crisis is not going away, nor are the "indignados" or "occupy" protests

Spain’s "indignados" summon spirit of 1968

May 22, 2011

Thousands of Spanish protesters take part in an illegal demo against mass unemployment