The marathon march is over for Europe’s so-called ‘indignant’ protesters who have converged on Brussels from several countries.
Defying a ban, hundreds of demonstrators set up camp in the city’s Elizabeth Park. They want to make their voices heard and denounce EU-ordered austerity cuts. But first they simply celebrated reaching their journey’s end.
Organisers said more than 100 had marched from Spain where the ‘indignados’ movement became a phenomenon this spring.
“I am thriled,” said Daniel from Galicia. “A small dream has come true, for those who came along with us, too.”
Protesters will make their presence felt during this month’s EU summit in the Belgian capital, where Europe’s debt crisis is set to top the agenda.
In the meantime, many have now settled into an empty university building offered to them. Dozens who refused to leave the park were arrested.