With several london folks out in Madrid filming today's 25s protest, here's a quick roundup of what happened during the "Surround the Congress (Parliament)' day of action.
We think this is relevant for a London audience because the 'austerity policies' being imposed all over Europe affect people in similar ways throughout the continent, so the struggles against it should be shared and supported without borders separating them
25s Madrid: We are not afraid - All must go!Tagged as: 25s austerity
Despite attempts to criminalise and repress the movement ahead of the 25s 'surround the parliament' protest, thousands of people followed the call and marched from different points to blockade the Madrid congress for several hours, chanting "we are not afraid". After some pulled at the security cordon fences riot police attacked the crowd with batons and later rubber bullets [video chronicle] Clashes continued with many people injured and thousands driven from the square, however some managed to stay with many resisting and sitting down until midnight and resolved to return at 7pm the next day (26s). Clashes also occurred elsewhere with police beatings and arrests. Estimates put arrests at 35 and around 60 treated for injuries with 30 or so taken to hospital. Further protests took place in Barcelona and other cities.
Update Wed 26: During an evaluation press conference [more] the 25s Coordination Network has made a new public call to Surround the Congress again next Saturday 29 Sept. After having been identified by police, they stated that "we are not going to stop until this Government is brought down, we will do it peacefully and without violence". Evening: Live stream | Occupy News stream (eng/sp) and Publico's timeline of 26S.
Timelines: Diagonal | Publico | Personal blog | Photo Galleries: Demanifestacion | Webfotos | Publico | Reelnews | Liveblogs: El Diaro | El Pais | Full timeline and links | Video chronicle: Madrid on the Brink: S25 -> S29