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‘Young People Took to the Streets and all of a Sudden all of the Political Parties Got Old’: The 15M Movement in Spain

Photo by 15M/Flickr. 15M movement in the Plaza de la Encarnación, Seville.

This profile looks at the emergence of the 15M Movement in Spain. It analyses the role played by social networks in the movement’s formation and identifies the grievances that mobilised a broad coalition of groups and individuals including dissatisfaction with the two-party political system, the venality of political and economic elites, widespread corruption, the economic crisis and the politics of austerity.

The profile also looks at the action repertoire employed by the movement and its organisational structure.