Masses of Spanish protesters defy a government curfew banning protests after midnight. Tens of thousands of demonstrators remained in the streets, angry over government financial decisions. The Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, pictured above, has been a centre for these outcries and mass demonstrations of anger at the Spanish government and the flailing economy. Foreign Policy quoted Ignacio Escolar of Público newspaper as saying”
“Is it really necessary to explain the causes? Is anyone really surprised that in a country that claims to be European, that presumes to sit at the table with the G-20, that only recently claimed to be the seventh largest economic power on the planet, protests erupt when youth unemployment is at 45 percent?”
Spain’s overall jobless rate for the whole working population is 21.3 percent, the Eurozone’s highest. Most of those who do hold a job earn less than 1,000 Euros per month, known as “mileuristas” or “1000 euro-ers.”
Read more at Foreign Policy and the Daily Mail.
Above: Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square is filled with thousands of people, via the Daily Mail.