Spain’s Marches of Dignity 22M, 2014: Not Anti-Politics

Contentious Politics in an Age of Austerity

On the 22nd of March, thousands of people will arrive in Madrid from all over Spain in six columns that form part of the Marches of Dignity. Dozens of civil associations and social movement groups across Spain have been organizing these marches for months. The first column left Santiago de Compostela on the 20th of February, and the last departed from Mérida on the 10th of March, all six will be flowing into Madrid’s central streets.

In keeping with the decentralized autonomous forms of organization within the non-institutionalized social movement sphere that characterizes 15-M, there are no leaders or spokespeople. The Marches for Dignity manifesto, published in the Madrid 15-M newspaper, explains the protest:

In 2014 we find ourselves in an extremely difficult situation …one of social emergency…Millions of workers unemployed…Hundreds of thousands of families have lost their homes, worsening salaries and labour conditions…Our youth cannot construct a…

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