On May 15, 2011, Madrid's Puerta del Sol became the stage on which the Spanish people began airing their frustrations. The country was in the second year of a harsh economic crisis, and the establishment Socialist Party (PSOE) had instituted a series of harsh austerity measures intended to prevent a Spanish bailout. From the crisis 15-M, or "The Indignant" were born, a movement that eventually led to the forming of Podemos and changed Spain's political landscape forever.
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The effect of the Indignados movement is not only felt in its native Spain, but across the planet. Similar movements have won elections in Greece, and insurgent candidates such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the U.S. and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn have mounted successful campaigns that have swung the political discourse of those nations to the Left. READ MORE.
Spain's Activist Left and the Challenge to Two-Party Democracy
The birth of the 15M movement in 2011 (Indignados) against austerity—whose main slogan was, "They don't represent us" —and the creation of the Podemos party (which organizes assemblies in most cities, neighborhoods and districts to encourage grassroots participation) are two key factors that helped politicize many previously apathetic Spanish citizens. READ MORE.
Pablo Iglesias Interview
With just a few days remaining before the Spanish regional elections, Tariq Ali talks to Pablo Iglesias, General Secretary of Podemos, about the strengths and weaknesses of the party, and the litmus test the upcoming elections are likely to be for this young leftwing political party.
Spanish Leftists Announce Major New Coalition Ahead of Election
Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos, which was born from the Los Indignados movement, and older left-wing party Izquierda Unida, or United Left, recently announced that they have reached a preliminary agreement to run on a joint platform before a general election on June 26. READ MORE
The Birth of an 'Indignados' or Occupy Movement in France?
As the “Nuit Debout” movement is starting its sixth straight night of protests in Paris and extending to other French cities Tuesday, local and international media raise the question of whether it could turn into an 'Indignados' movement, like the one in Spain. READ MORE