Spanish demonstrators have decided to dismantle their camp in the centre of Madrid that was set up to protest against the country’s dire economic health.
For more than three weeks, the tourist and commercial centre of the Spanish capital has witnessed unprecedented scenes of dissent.
The consequences of the Spanish financial crisis are proving some of Europe’s toughest. More than one in five Spaniards is jobless.
“We’ve built a network in other districts and suburbs of Madrid, where the work will continue,” said one protester. “The movement is still active.”
But another activist was not so happy. “Those who want to stay in the camp haven’t been given the chance to. It’s pressure. You have to leave whether you want to or not.”
Numbers have already dwindled in the tented village. But now practical problems like sanitation and security are proving insurmountable. Organisers say the camp will be gone by Sunday.
But they have announced more protests in the weeks to come against the government’s handling of the financial crisis.