Exactly as the police and Government intended, writes Iurgi Urrutia, the peaceful 25S protest in Madrid turned violent.

Scenes from the 25S protest in Madrid overnight

[Read Carl Scrase’s article from yesterday about the 25S plan to Occupy the Spanish Congress.]

In the lead up to the 25S protests, the Spanish Government tried to intimidate protesters by spreading rumours that fascists groups were behind the event; sending the police to arrest various organisers whose crime was simply to hold planning meetings and bearing a banner with the words “Occupy the Congress”, and comparing the planned protest with the coup d’etat in 1981 led by General Tejero. None of it was true, and the streets of Spain have been flooded by citizens demanding democratic reforms.

It is important to note that the organisers of the event have been transparent about the organising and the aims. They held meetings in…

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