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Spanish revolution: Thousands gather in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol Square

In Europe News on May 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm

By Elizabeth Flock

Some 10,000 protesters gathered in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square Wednesday to demand jobs, economic equality, and “real democracy” in the fourth day of protests that mimic the Middle East uprisings.

“La Puerta del Sol in Madrid is now the country’s Tahrir Square, and the Arab Spring has been joined by what is now bracing to become a long European Summer,” writes Pablo Ouziel in Political Affairs.

Spaniards are protesting ahead of the upcoming elections, when they will vote for new municipal councils and regional governments across the country in hopes of replacing a government they’ve largely been unhappy with.

Much of the movement has been coordinated by the youth organizationDemocracia Real Ya online, which has used the rallying cry: “We’re not merchandise in the hands of bankers and politicians!”

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s ruling…

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