October 16, 2011

Occupying Madrid (& a lot of other places)

The video below shows ongoing, OWS-style protests in Madrid. The best part follows the final movement of Beethoven's 9th, about 3 min. in; per ismashedmydick, "They're holding their empty palms in the air, chanting 'These are our weapons!' It's to show their peaceful resistance movement."

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday against government cutbacks to health and education spending, unemployment and corporate greed as part of a global day of protest.

The demonstration came exactly five months after Spain's so-called 'indignant' protest movement was born with a rally on May 15 that turned into a sprawling protest camp that occupied Madrid's central Puerta del Sol for weeks. The 'indignant' movement then spread to Europe, finding strong backing in crisis-hit countries like Greece, and then worldwide - last month reaching the centre of global capitalism in Wall Street.

Five columns of marchers converged on Madrid's central Cibeles Square after walking for hours from different points across the city before proceeding to Puerta del Sol for assemblies scheduled to last throughout the night.
[ismashedmydick's comment from YouTube; quoted text above from straitstimes.]

More pics from around the world on DU.

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