Tens of thousands of Spaniards have defied a government ban to voice their fury over unemployment and the apparent indifference of mainstream politicians as Spain prepares for local elections on Sunday.
The protesters dubbed “the indignant” have been occupying city plazas across the country for the past five days. Madrid’s Puerta del Sol rocked to sound of protest as the mainly young demonstrators expressed their desperation.
Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the EU at 21 per cent. The jobless total in the 18-25 age range is currently running at 45 per cent.
Spanish austerity measures have reduced the public debt and kept a euro zone bailout at bay, but has strangled economic growth.