Barcelona peaceful protest evicted for 'cleaning' of square
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Sat May 28 22:57:29 BST 2011
Barcelona Brutal Police Catalonia Square Eviction May 27, 2011
Video of brutal Spain riot police crackdown, over 100 protesters injured
Russia Today - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tI0S-AcqQ1g
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More Than 100 Hurt as Cops Roust Protesters in Barcelona
BARCELONA More than 100 people were hurt on
Friday when police forcibly evicted protesters
who have been camped out for two weeks in the
main square of Spains second city as part of a
nationwide mobilization against austerity and the countrys political class.
Thirty-seven police were among the 120 people injured.
The confrontation began when municipal cleaners
entered Catalonia Plaza with instructions to
remove objects that might be used as weapons in
possible disturbances following Saturdays UEFA
Champions League soccer final in London pitting
FC Barcelona against Manchester United.
The protesters slashed the tires of the cleaning
carts that were meant to carry away their belongings.
At that point, police charged the protesters and
the roughly 1,000 sympathizers who flocked to the plaza to support the campers.
With tear gas and rubber bullets, cops cleared a
path for the cleaners, who hauled away more than
a dozen carts filled with tents, mattresses,
laptop computers and bottled gas used to fuel generators, among other items.
Police then withdrew and the protesters returned
to begin rebuilding the encampment.
Elsewhere, two protesters were arrested for
resisting a similar clean-up effort on the main square in the city of Lerida.
In Madrid, site of the largest encampment, the
opposition-controlled regional government
formally asked the Spanish Interior Ministry to
evict the protesters from the emblematic Puerta del Sol square.
The municipal administration joined in the
request, citing concerns about public health,
while merchants in the Puerta del Sol complained
that their business has fallen off by as much as
80 percent because of the encampment.
The May 15th Movement, so named because the first
protests took place on that date, is demanding
real democracy now and new economic policies
against the backdrop of more-than-21-percent unemployment.
Though the initial sit-ins were carried out by
young people struggling with an under-25 jobless
rate above 40 percent, the movement of the
indignados (angry ones) has grown to encompass
people of all ages and stations.
Demonstrators reject current austerity policies
and express disgust with both the ruling
Socialists and the main opposition, the
conservative Popular Party, which made big gains
in last Sundays regional and municipal elections.
Protesters say they want a more representative
electoral system and mechanisms for genuine
citizen participation in government. EFE
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