'Indignant' protesters back in Barcelona

12th November 2011, Comments 0 comments

Spain's "indignant" protesters who were evicted by police from a major Barcelona square at the end of June were back on Saturday in the run-up to elections later this month.

Spokesman Roc Peris said the movement had set up an "information point" in the Plaza de Catalunya on voting options and the workings of the political system, but without advising on which party to pick.

"The aim is to maintain a small and peaceful camp throughout the week" up to the November 20 parliamentary elections, he said.

Peris said that around ten people were manning the information point, down from some 200 who turned up late Friday, some of whom had set up tents. Catalan police had also appeared but decided against moving them on, he said.

On June 30 police in full anti-riot gear evicted around 40 activists remaining from thousands who had occupied the square from mid-May to launch a campaign against austerity measures, Spain's high unemployment rate and political corruption.

The movement generated by the economic crisis and anger at social inequalities spread across Spain and to other countries.

The "indignants" have also called for a demonstration in Madrid on Sunday, defying a ban on gatherings covering more than 100 locations in the capital, including the symbolic Puerta del Sol, during the election campaign.

Spain's right-wing opposition Popular Party is tipped to win the poll, ousting the ruling Socialists.

© 2011 AFP

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