A few pics from Ljubljana earlier this evening, a gathering of local young people at the central Preseren Square to show their support for the demonstrations which have swept Spain over the past week.
What began on 15 May as a spontaneous sit-in in Madrid’s Madrid’s Puerta del Sol – dubbed the Spanish Tahrir Square – soon spread throughout the country over the following several days. In the run-up to today’s local elections, the government issued a ban on demonstrations, one which was defied.
Some background from Spiegel:
Unemployment under 25-year-olds in Spain is at a staggering 45 percent. “I have no political direction and that is what I want to change,” one protester who gave her name as Mamen told the news agency Reuters. “I want to participate in politics.” She said she did not feel represented by either of the two main political parties.
Sound familiar? In the EU that situation isn’t unique to recent headline grabbers Spain and Greece. And the idea is spreading. More Europe-wide news on the 15-May Revolution English language info page and Spain-specific updates here.