Spanish police evict 'indignant' protesters

5th December 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spanish police on Monday removed about 100 protesters who had been occupying an abandoned central Madrid hotel and theatre since October 15.

The "indignant" protesters have been speaking out against the country's financial woes and the eviction of indebted home owners.

Authorities removed 93 people from the abandoned Madrid Hotel near the capital's central Puerta del Sol square where the movement began in May.

Another 10 people were removed from a nearby abandoned theatre, police said in a statement.

The 103 protesters were accused of "seizure of property assets" but were not arrested.

About 30 of the group were questioned to establish their identity.

Some of those staying in the hotel had been evicted from their homes.

Spain's "indignant" protest movement was born when thousands protested in Puerta del Sol ahead of May 22 municipal elections to vent anger over the high jobless rate, corrupt politicians and government policies which they say favour big business and banks over ordinary people.

They set up a vast ramshackle protest 'village' in the square that included everything from a canteen to a kindergarten and a library. It was dismantled in June by demonstrators under pressure from the authorities.

But members of the movement have since staged regular, overwhelmingly peaceful protests that in some cases have drawn tens of thousands.

© 2011 AFP

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