Around 100.000 Spanish “indignados” have begun a four day protest in Madrid to mark the first anniversary of their anti-austerity movement.
The group, which was strengthened by social media campaigns, gathered in several parts of the Spanish capital before marching towards the central plaza at Puetro del Sol.
Since the movement began, unemployment has increased particularly among Spain’s youth and the government has deepened public spending cuts by around 35 million euros so far this year.
Reporter Carlos Marlasca told euronews from the Spanish capital:
“Demonstrators have described an atmosphere of unity and solidarity. Just like last year, many of them waved banners and chanted slogans against politicians and bankers,” he said.
“But this year, they’re aiming their anger against the government of Mariano Rajoy, which is making deep cuts in the health and education budget. The protest organisers said they were not planning on camping overnight but warned that if the police use force, they might stage an overnight sit-in.”