[Marxism] 300,000 at Podemos rally in Madrid

Dayne Goodwin daynegoodwin at gmail.com
Sat Jan 31 17:54:27 MST 2015

In Madrid, 100,000 flock to anti-austerity Podemos rally

Times of India
AFP | Feb 1, 2015

MADRID: At least 100,000 people poured into the streets of Madrid on
Saturday in a huge show of support for Spain's new anti-austerity
party Podemos, riding a wave of popularity after the election success
of its Greek hard-left ally Syriza.

A sea of demonstrators chanted "Yes we can!" and carried signs reading
"The change is now" as they made their way from Madrid city hall to
the central Puerta del Sol square in the first major march called by
Podemos, which has surged ahead in opinion polls in a crucial election

Many in the crowd also waved Greek flags and the red and white flags
of Syriza, an equally radical party whose stunning win at the polls
last week has buoyed Podemos and its anti-establishment message.

"The wind of change is starting to blow in Europe," Podemos leader
Pablo Iglesias, a pony-tailed former university professor, said in
Greek and Spanish as he addressed supporters at the so-called "March
for Change".

"We dream but we take our dream seriously. More has been done in
Greece in six days than many governments did in years," the
36-year-old said.

Syriza beat mainstream Greek parties with vows to end painful
austerity measures and corruption and Podemos hopes to emulate its
success with a similar message in Spain's general election due in

Organisers put the turnout in Madrid at 300,000 while police said some
100,000 people had massed in the Spanish capital.

Podemos, which means "We Can", was formed only a year ago but the
upstart party already shook up the political scene last May by winning
five seats in elections for the European Parliament.

Born out of the "Indignants" protest movement that filled Spanish
squares in 2011 with demands for political change, Podemos says it
wants to prevent profitable companies from firing people, promote a
fully state-controlled healthcare system and enact a "significant"
minimum-wage hike.
. . .
Podemos has overtaken the main opposition Socialist Party in several
opinion polls, and in some has topped the list ahead of the
conservative ruling People's Party (PP).
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