Anti-austerity anger sweeps from Greece to Spain as hundreds of thousands march through Madrid

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid today in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, as it becomes the latest European political organisation to gain widespread support for its anti-austerity stance.

Podemos (‘We Can’) supporters from across Spain converged around the Cibeles fountain today before packing the avenue leading to Puerta del Sol square in what was the party’s largest rally to date, as it hopes to emulate the success of Greece’s Syriza party in the Spanish general election later this year.

Podemos aims to shatter the country’s predominantly two-party system and the ‘March for Change’ gathered crowds in the same place where sit-in protests against political and financial corruption laid the party’s foundations in 2011…

  • Censored_often

    Churchill allegedly said this:

    “If a man is not a socialist by the time he is 20, he has no heart. If he is not a conservative by the time he is 40, he has no brain.”

    How does this expression apply to Greece and Spain?

    • Socialism is like drinking. Have a few. You are OK for a while.

      Have too many, get addicted and you have a monkey on your back.

      The Western European countries that have been drinking socialist swill the most, now find themselves with big fat monkeys on their backs.

      Getting the monkey off your back first requires admission.

      Then comes the DTs. And that ain’t pretty.

      Greece and Spain – too many 20 year old’s on a bender.

      • simus1

        My suspicions revolve around Germany as the respectable secret drinker who appears to be the undisputed fiscal pillar of the community but who in reality has made plenty of bad investments behind the scenes trying to put off the day of reckoning..

        • Bataviawillem

          Plenty of bad investments in Greece and the likes.

        • Germany is the bartender. Passing out booze like it is going out of style.

          But the boss (German people) can see a problem and are demanding the bartender quit serving the fools.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        See there you go again using the tired old left-right mainstream dichotomy when the real truth is the dichotomy will be parties being either neoliberal or anti-globalist which is going to be the choice in Europe as the years go by.

        The question is whether people on here keep their heads in the sand or continue defending the political and mainstream but democratic socialism will be the picks of those on the left looking for something of change to remedy the monetary situations.

        For the right it will be right wing nationalist parties that will no doubt propose the ideas of a value based currency. Usually left wingers want to nationalize if they are left wing to far-left. The mainstream will want to keep our system as is like the NDP and Liberals. Just like how the Conservatives won’t use a value based currency. Only the right wing nationalists and far-right nationalists will propose that. I hope that the way to fix Europe is done with precious metals again.

        The world has known gold and silver for being the things of value for 5000 to 6000 years. They are making a comeback whether or not the mainstream and their defenders are for it or not. I see a lot of kicking and screaming by the mainstream. They just don’t want to hear alternatives for remedying the situation on debt. They only think symbolic cuts will fix it. They are just pigs at the trough!

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        Thank god Podemos is growing and will fix Spain by having a program that is anti-free trade and anti-globalist. The time has come for a new way of economics.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I foresee this happening in Ontario if we keep electing progressives.

    • Bataviawillem

      It is already done as soon as the pensions for gov. workers, police, etc. are due, we are toast.

    • It is only a matter of time.

      When the credit card is maxed out, you have to slow down the spending.

      By then then the newly elected liberals will blame in on previous governments.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        So you defend the mainstream to the point on wanting mainstream collusion to continue.

        You don’t believe in radical methods to fix debt issues?

        You completely ignore the Iceland model of punishing bankers and nationalizing the currency which they did.

        Canada had the Bank of Canada as our bank which was nationalized until 1974.

        You notice how our mainstream media glosses over that!

        I guess to you BobSmith there is only one method to correct debt issues.

        How interesting to completely ignore the economic crisis that began in 2008 and alternative ways to correct debt issues in nations?!

      • canuckistan666

        Wait until interest rates rise and the fun will begin (sarc).

  • simus1

    The people of Spain had a fascist hard nosed leader who kept them out of WW2 as far as fighting against the western allies were concerned. After the carnage of their civil war, Hitler had little leverage getting beyond their offer of sending some troops to fight in Russia.
    Their democratically elected rulers after Franco were “good politicians” but extremely unrealistic little men of little courage who would go on to do the country great damage..

  • SDMatt

    no, en verdad, ustedes no puede porque el dinero no venir desde árboles, ustedes idiotas.

  • Do the same, and the result will be the same.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Everything everywhere for all people and for all time should be limitless and free. Everyone needs to quit their jobs today and sit home and wait for the all the free shit to roll in. And while we’re at it let’s abolish all laws.

  • glasnost

    Like Greece, Spain needs to get out of the Euro. Then watch for the 10000000 peseta banknotes to be printed. Wonder whose portrait will be on the obverse.