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Protesters refuse to move from a Madrid square

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Protesters refuse to move from a Madrid square


Anti-austerity protesters camping out in Madrid’s central Puerta del Sol have voted to continue their campaign.

Thousands of people, angry at political corruption, welfare cuts and soaring unemployment are refusing to leave despite warnings from the government to go.

The protesters, sometimes called “the indignant”, have become increasingly entrenched in the square since they began occupying it on May 15. Originally organised to target local elections last week, the mainly young-people-protest is staying put.

In fact they have set up kitchens and creches along with information centres, and appear prepared for a long stay.

Spain has one of the highest unemployment rates in the EU and at one point among the under-25s it reached almost 45 per cent.

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