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Spain's protest camp disbanded

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 01:24

June 13 - Thousands of demonstrators march to the Spanish parliament in protest against the economic crisis. Hayley Platt reports.

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It's after midnight but thousands of demonstrators are marching to the Spanish parliament - in protest at the economic crisis. Many of them have spent weeks camping in Madrid's Sol Square, expressing their anger over what they say is the government's bad handling of the crisis and alleged political corruption. At one point 28,000 protestors joined the camp, which was broken up after 25 days. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER MIGUEL, SAYING: "At least they see that we don't agree with the situation and that all these people know that it is possible to organise things in a different way and that is why we are fighting. After 25 days I think that it is now when the move really begins." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PROTESTER MARIA, SAYING: "I think it is enough that we are here and not leaving the leaders in peace. We are in the streets making ourselves heard and they realise that we don't agree with them." As the clock struck midnight on Sunday a minute's silence was held as supporters waved goodbye to the camp. Many young Spaniards feel their views are not represented by the current government. Nearly two year's of recession has left Spain with the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone at over 20 percent. The group may have now left the camp but they say they not giving up the fight. Hayley Platt, Reuters.

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Spain's protest camp disbanded

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 01:24