Tuesday 25/09/2012, thousands of protesters surrounded the Spanish Parliament in Madrid's Neptuno Square to challenge Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's imposition of austerity measures.
Protesters who call themselves Indignados or Indignants claim that the austerity measures are a symptom of larger problems in Spain's democracy. Activist group Occupy Congress called for the protesters to surround the Parliament building in Madrid
Despite attempts to criminalise and repress the movement ahead of the 25s 'surround the parliament' protest, thousands of people followed the call and marched from different points to blockade the Madrid congress for several hours, chanting "we are not afraid". After some pulled at the security cordon fences riot police attacked the crowd with batons and later rubber bullets [video chronicle] Clashes continued with many people injured and thousands driven from the square, however some managed to stay with many resisting and sitting down until midnight and resolved to return at 7pm the next day (26s). Clashes also occurred elsewhere with police beatings and arrests. Estimates put arrests at 35 and around 60 treated for injuries with 30 or so taken to hospital..
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