Saturday, 14. July 2012
From Indignados to Occupy
The Indignados movement was sparked in Spain on May 15, 2011. In part inspired by the Arab Spring, young Spaniards, who face a 46% unemployment rate, occupied the Puerta del Sol in Madrid for several weeks, protesting against the socio-political and economic system that benefits the few at the expense of the many. Sparking solidarity protests in dozens of cities across Spain and Europe, the Indignados quickly became a continental phenomenon. Their direct action evolved over time, protecting immigrant neighborhoods from police harassment, and preventing court officials from evicting individuals and families from their homes.
The Indignados provided the inspiration for ‘occupation’ and encampment, as well as subsequent grassroots direct actions that have come to embody the Occupy Movement, which emerged in September and October of 2011. As these movements continue today, their horizontally-organized structures may provide an increasingly important forum for discussion and action as our governments increasingly punish the people into poverty through austerity.
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