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Spain's 'Indignants' begin long walk to Brussels

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Latest update : 2011-07-27

Some 50 protesters set off from Madrid to Brussels on Tuesday - on foot - to voice their anger about the European crisis. The so-called 'Indignants' hope their long walk will draw attention to their two-month old protest movement.

AFP - About 50 of Spain's indignant protesters set off from Madrid for Brussels on foot Tuesday to protest against the economic crisis and raise awareness in Europe of their two-month-old movement.

Many of those taking part in the roughly 1,500-kilometre (950-mile) long trek to Belgium were among the over 500 protesters who walked for several weeks to Madrid from cities across Spain to take part in a march on Sunday.

"From north to south, east to west, the fight goes on no matter what it costs," the protesters chanted just before they set off from Madrid's Puerta de Sol square under a blazing sun and to the applause of onlookers.

The protesters expect to walk an average of 24 kilometres (15 miles) each day and plan to arrive in Brussels on October 8 after crossing France.

"We are going to give people information about our movement, we want them to join us," said Enrique Gasch, 32, who had a deep tan from walking to Madrid from Barcelona to take part in Sunday's demonstration.

"We are going to continue, we are going to be even stronger, we are uniting for Europe because the problems we are facing are global. They also exist in Paris, in Montpellier, in Brussels", added Gasch, who gave up a summer job as a nightclub promoter to take part in the march.

"To Brussels for a more human world" and "People of Europe rise up", were among the placards on diplay by the marchers.

The marchers carried backpacks loaded with bottles of water, sleeping bags and fleece sweaters for the cooler weather they expect to find further north.

"I am very involved in the movement and really believe in it and this is a way for me to show my support," said 19-year-old Cristian, an unemployed student who has never been outside of Spain before.

Thousands of people marched through the streets of Madrid Sunday to demonstrate against high unemployment, the economic crisis and corruption.

The "indignant" movement emerged after protesters set up camp in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square for several weeks in mid-May ahead of municipal elections to protest the misery the economic crisis has inflicted on ordinary people.

Polls show two-thirds of Spaniards sympathise with the indignants.

Date created : 2011-07-27

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