Tens of thousands of people have marched in Spain in the biggest show of support yet for anti-austerity party Podemos.
Crowds chanted “yes we can” and “tic tac tic tac,” suggesting the clock was ticking for the country’s political elite, before packing into Madrid’s Puerta del Sol.
Many waved Greek and Republican flags and banners reading “the change is now” in support of the party formed just a year ago, whose surging popularity and policies have drawn comparisons with Greece’s new governing party Syriza.
Podemos caused a shock by winning five European Parliament seats last May and is currently topping opinion polls in the run up to local, regional and national elections this year.
“People are fed up with the political class,” said Antonia Fernandez, a 69-year-old pensioner from Madrid who had come to the demonstration with her family.
Fernandez, who lives with her husband on a €700-a-month combined pension cheque said she used to vote for the socialist party but had lost faith in it because of its handling of the economic crisis and its austerity policies… see more