The year of occupation

What happened to the global anger? The year of occupation

by Raphaël Kempf

It began when angry Spaniards took over a square in Madrid and experimented with the democracy that had been taken away from them. In New York, it was a park; in London, the churchyard of St Paul’s Cathedral

It’s now a year since thousands of angry Spaniards filled the square at Puerta del Sol in Madrid on 15 May. Carlos Paredes helped organise that initial demonstration, as spokesman for the¡Democracia real YA! (Real Democracy Now) movement, started a few months earlier around proposals including the removal of politicians’ privileges and implementing the “right to housing” law and electoral reforms.

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