Photographer Felipe Fuente witnessed the protests around Spain’s Congress during the last week of September. His photographs reflect a tense few days that saw social unrest intensify and the police widely criticised for their handling of the situation.
Supporters of the 15-M protest movement that sprang up last year amid Spain’s economic and politcal malaise returned to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square at midnight on Saturday in a renewed expression of anger and outrage.
The Spanish ‘revolution’ of 2011 may have fizzled out, but the legacy of the protests in Spain is still being felt in movements such as Occupy Wall Street. If anyone deserves to be named Iberians of the Year 2011 for their impact and influence, it is Spain’s indignados.
Last May, as the campaign for Spain’s local elections got underway, it looked like business as usual. Neither of the two main political parties was managing to inspire voters with hope or ideas as the country’s jobless line grew and the economic crisis deepened. But on May 15, the Sunday before the elections, a group […]
The country’s indignados protesters are yet to see solid results of their ongoing push for political and economic change. But they can claim credit for helping spark the worldwide unrest seen on October 15.
In recent weeks Spain has witnessed campouts and protests over the political system and the economy. In different cities citizens, mostly young, have taken over public squares to express their opinions, highlight their grievances and try to create, at least initially, a (non-virtual) social network that they hope will translate into a movement that makes clear the real power of citizens in a democratic society. Although some of the protests have been violent, the movement has acted quickly to distance itself from illegal courses of action.