Austerity Protests Return to Spain

May 14, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Spain's Indignant gather at Puerta del sol Square
Spain's Indignados gather at Puerta del sol Square to mark the first anniversary of the protest movement, on May 12, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in Spain to protest the government’s handling of the economic crisis.

The protest came ahead of the anniversary of the May 15 movement, which started last year. The movement was led by the so-called “Indignados” or outraged, who camped in Madrid and other Spanish cities for months.

The Spanish economy is in recession and unemployment for the under 25 has risen to 50 percent. The new Spanish government appointed in December last year is facing a daunting task of curbing a massive budget deficit, enacting billions in austerity cuts.

Protests in Madrid, where an estimated 30,000 people took to the streets, lasted until early Sunday morning despite police orders for the central Puerta del Sol Plaza square to be cleared by Saturday night. Other protests took place in Barcelona, Valencia, and Seville.