I’ve found that many British people here are not aware of this movement, which is very significant and spreading all over Spain. The movement was inspired by a book called “¡Indignaos!” which means “Be Indignant” by Stephane Hessel. The original version is in French and is actually the transcript of a speech at an anniversary celebration of the French Resistence Movement. It’s a very quick and inspiring read, urging people to peaceful resistence to injustice.
The movement is Spain is generally called “15M” (Quince eme) or “Los Indignados” (the indignant ones) and is an organized protest against a politic system which is controlled by market forces for which ordinary people are paying the price. Unfortunately the greatest publicity it received was when there were some infiltration by violent protesters recently in Barcelona, but the movement is pacific in nature and all other demonstations have been peaceful. It is also interesting to note the wide range of ages and social backgrounds of protesters.
A recent survey suggests that 80% of Spaniards agree with the movement and I heard a recent comment on the radio which said that only those who have an economic interest in being against the movement are against it. For everyone else it is common sense.
Here is a link about the protest in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. This is where the movement started with thousands of people setting up camp for several weeks: