The ‘Indignados’ have brought their protests against high employment and the European elite to the EU’s doorstep.
The protest group, known as the Indignants in English, was formed as a reaction to a perceived lack of opportunities in various European countries.
Now they are just 80 kilometres from Brussels after leaving the Spanish and French capitals in July.
Luis Rodriguez is one of those who marched from Madrid.
‘‘If it’s crazy to go on foot from Madrid to Brussels, obviously, I’m a little crazy to do it,” he told euronews.
“There’s a moment when the number of people becomes uncountable. You’re expecting only a few and then you arrive at a camp and the number of people has multiplied.”
It began as a small band of disaffected youths voicing their anger at their leaders, it turned into what some dubbed a Spanish revolution, spreading across Europe.
Gael Herbert, a French protester, insisted that the Indignados is “not a political movement.”
“We don’t have a programme, we simply notice that the gap between our elected representatives and ordinary people is becoming bigger and bigger.
“People don’t recognise their politicians anymore. Society has to be fed just like the earth and that’s the goal of these marches.”
They plan to take messages from ordinary citizens to EU officials, according to French protester Thierry Le Corff.
‘‘In all the small villages and towns in France that we went through we picked up information and suggestions from people to take to the European Commission,” he said.
The marchers aim to arrive in Brussels by October 8 for a week of protests before a larger Europe-wide demonstration later this month.