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Thousands protest in Spain

Saturday, August 06, 2011 - 01:30

Aug. 6 - Thousands of people march through the streets of Madrid, calling for fundamental changes to Spain's political and economic system. Andrew Raven reports.

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Thousands of protesters march through the streets of Madrid. Dubbed the "Indignants", they are calling for fundamental changes to Spain's political and economic system. It is a cry that comes as the country struggles to deal with mounting public debt and an unemployment rate over 20 percent. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER, MIGUEL TXIRRY "This system isn't working. The working class and the poor classes are paying the price of the disasters caused by the bankers and speculators. The people we voted for constitutionally are incapable of halting the speculation of the markets." On Friday night, the protesters came face to face with police. Officers were blocking the landmark Puerta del Sol square, a place were thousands of Indignants encamped in May, leading to clashes with police. Eventually, police removed the cordon, and thousands of protesters flooded into the square, chanting revolutionary slogans. Andrew Raven, Reuters.

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Thousands protest in Spain

Saturday, August 06, 2011 - 01:30