Thousands gather across Europe for Global Debout protests
Europe has answered the call of the French youth-led ‘Nuit Debout’ movement urging people to protest against austerity and other troubling social and economic issues. Rallies have been held in dozens of cities, with the largest crowds in Paris and Madrid.
The capital of Spain saw thousands rally in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square in solidarity with the French initiative, but also in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of their own similar protest movement ‘Indignados’ that saw mass rallies in 2011 and led to the creation of left-wing party Podemos, now Spain's third most-popular political party.
May 15, or March 76 of the Nuit Debout’s (Up All Night) calendar, was chosen willfully to stress the continuity of Spanish and French protests between the two movements.
The call for a “global day of action” was published on Nuit Debout’s website and social pages under the hashtag #GlobalDebout. The website now claims that some 266 towns in France along with 130 cities in Europe and worldwide have responded.