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Spanish protest turns into sit-in in Madrid Square

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Spanish protest turns into sit-in in Madrid Square

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In Spain, thousands of young people have spent another night on the streets. Anti-government protests at the weekend seem to have turned into a spontaneous sit-in.

Most of the protesters are young and from what the IMF has called Spain’s “lost generation” a consequence of current youth unemployment of 45 percent. Police watched from afar.

This is a social sea change for Spain. It is the first protest organised by the people themselves, angry about unemployment, the economy and government cuts.

Protesters gathered in dozens of other cities. They are urging people not to vote for the governing Socialists or the centre-right opposition in the municipal and regional elections this Sunday.