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Spanish Protests

May 22nd, 2011 nmmari12

Hello everyone! Glad we all survived the end of the world that was supposed to occur yesterday, May 21st. Well if you have been paying any attention to the news, then you know that Spain is a top news story. Sunday (May 22) is the local and municipal elections and the majority of Spain is not content with the government currently in power. In order to show their discontent, people are protesting in record breaking numbers in Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona and several small cities across the country, even La Coruña! I was walking by Calle Real (where the protests are taking place) yesterday and in addition to the large amount of posters and banners, there were at least one hundred people huddled under tents, chanting or observing. The protests are showing the public´s outrage and discontent with the economy, 21% unemployment rate, corruption and lack of transparency of the government. I am not a complete expert in Spanish politics, but this is the gist I get from the news articles and talking with Spaniards. It is fascinating to be in Spain when these protests are occurring, and it will be interesting to see the results of the elections that will be announced tonight or tomorrow. I´ll keep you updated!

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