Spain: thousands of “indignados” defy protest ban

Tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain’s cities for the past week to protest government austerity measures—in defiance of a government ban imposed ahead of municipal and regional elections. Madrid’s central square has been occupied for days by some 30,000 protesters, who have been dubbed “los indignados” (the indignant). Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero admitted he may not enforce the ban. “I have a great respect for the people protesting, which they are doing in a peaceful manner, and I understand it is driven by economic crisis and young people’s hopes for employment,” Zapatero said during a radio interview. (BBC News, May 21; Reuters, May 20)

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