What started off as a small protest last Sunday 15th May by some students in Madrid’s Puerto del Sol square, has turned into a major confrontation between the youth of Spain and the authorities.
Fed up with unemployment standing at 21% (and youth unemployment at 45%), widespread corruption and bad politicians the youth, in particular, of Spain have used Facebook and Twitter to rally support. In a carbon copy of the so called Arab Spring thousands of people have used social media to rally against politicians prior to local elections on Sunday (22nd May 2011).
The protests have spread to more than 60 cities and number anything from a few hundred to as many as 8,000 in one town. Key cities affected include Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Granada, Cadiz, Malaga, Bilbao, Burgos, Palma de Mallorca, and Santander.
Spain’s election commission has banned protests this weekend. They are likely to be ignored.