Hoping to repeat the success of Egyptian people power, various groups in Spain have occupied Madrid’s main square of “Puerta del Sol”.
Students, workers and the unemployed have called their protests the ‘May 15 Movement’ signifying the date on which they first came out onto the streets in 50 cities across the country.
Like the Arab Spring activists, they use twitter and the internet to rally support. Calling for fewer police and more education the demonstrators say their words are their weapons.
Discontent with Spain political system and the country’s high unemployment rate has galvanised the disparate groups.
While mainly peaceful, there have been some clashes with police and several arrests.