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JANE BURGERMEISTER REPORT: ‘SPANISH REVOLUTION CONTINUES IN SPITE OF GOVERNMENT BAN’

SPANISH REVOLUTION CONTINUES IN SPITE OF GOVERNMENT BAN

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Tens of thousands young Spaniards throughout the country, resist an official ban on gatherings ahead of this Sunday’s municipal elections and keep their street  protest.

“Spanish Revolution” spreading via Twitter and Facebook. It is reminiscent of the 1968 French student movement, which caused  an unprecedented social and moral overhaul in Europe and throughout the world. Some commentators say the Arab Spring has arrived in Spain

15-M movement – the name referring to the day protesters start occupying Plaza del Sol in Madrid, – is calling for political and economic reform in Spain and has spread to 166 Spanish cities (Madrid, Barcelona, Cordoba, Murcia, Valencia, Zaragoza, Tarragona, Salamanca, Sevilla, Malaga, Cadiz, Oviedo, Santander and Bilbao to name a few) and to other parts of Europe. Similar plaza takeovers have been organized through online social networks in Italy and Argentina.

At more than 21 percent, Spain has Europe’s highest unemployment rate and is also suffering from its worst economic crisis in decades, compounded by a series of draconian austerity measures. One of every two people of working age under 25 is jobless in Spain. They are called “the lost generation”. Young Spaniards are fleeing to other European capitals to find work. Experts, though, say this movement is not just about work, but about feeling alienated and misrepresented.

Leaders of the Popular Party, who expect to win the Sunday’s elections leading to the victory  in the 2012 general elections, have criticized the movement, while the government and Socialist Party have tried to capitalize on the resentment – although apparently without much success.



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May 24, 2011 - Posted by | Internationally significant information, Jane Burgermeister Report

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