The demonstrators have been gathering and camping in madrid’s famous Puerta del Sol for the last 10 days now. They are protesting against high unemployment, corrupt bankers and politicians who they blame for the bad handling of the economic crisis. The crisis has hit Spain hard with the housing market collapsing in spectacular fashion and with young university educated people being forced to stack shelves in supermarkets to make ends meet.

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Demonstrators gather and shout slogans in Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol, against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis May 18, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called 'real democracy' and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators hold up banners in Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol, during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis May 18, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called 'real democracy' and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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People gather in the rain and shout slogans in a demonstration against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis in Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol early May 19, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called 'real democracy'. Protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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A man waits for a bus as he stands at a bus stop at Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol, May 19, 2011, during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis. The demonstrations began on May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called real democracy and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections.The graffiti on the glass panel reads Indignation is not enough. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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A man washes his hands in a fountain in Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol, May 19, 2011, during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis May 19, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called 'real democracy' and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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A demonstrator holds up a sign in Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol, during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis May 19, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called 'real democracy' and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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A placard hangs above protesters during a rally against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis in the Plaza Arriaga in Bilbao May 19, 2011. After years of patiently riding out Spain's economic slump, thousands of young people have taken to the streets over joblessness and the perceived indifference of mainstream politicians running in local elections on Sunday. Local media have dubbed the protesters los indignados (the indignant) after five days of gatherings in city plazas across the country. In Madrid and Granada protesters defied local bans and remained in the central squares all night on Wednesday. The placard reads Indignant. REUTERS/Vincent West

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Crowds wave their arms during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis in the Plaza Arriaga in Bilbao May 19, 2011. After years of patiently riding out Spain's economic slump, thousands of young people have taken to the streets over joblessness and the perceived indifference of mainstream politicians running in local elections on Sunday. REUTERS/Vincent West

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A girl juggles during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis in central Valencia May 19, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called 'real democracy' and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

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Demonstrators clean up the townhall square during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis in central Valencia May 19, 2011. The demonstrations began on Sunday May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called real democracy and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Heino Kalis

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Demonstrators camp out at Madrid's famous landmark Puerta del Sol, May 20, 2011, during a protest against politicians, bankers and authorities' handling of the economic crisis. The demonstrations began on May 15, when thousands of people gathered in several cities in Spain to demand what they called real democracy and protesters have vowed to occupy central squares in several Spanish cities until the May 22 local elections. REUTERS/Andrea Comas

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Demonstrators gather at Metropol Parasol in the Andalusian capital of Seville May 20, 2011. Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Javier Diaz

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Demonstrators fill up Madrid's Puerta del Sol in this May 20, 2011 panoramic photo. Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), the protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. Editors note: this panoramic picture is stitched from 6 separate photographs. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators raise their arms just after midnight as they fill up Madrid's Puerta del Sol early May 21, 2011 . Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators raise their arms just after midnight as they fill up Madrid's Puerta del Sol, spilling into sidestreets early May 21, 2011. Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Police look on as demonstrators fill up Madrid's Puerta del Sol after midnight, early May 21, 2011. Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators kiss underneath a banner reading We have the right to dream, and for it to become true in Madrid's Puerta del Sol early May 21, 2011 . Tens of thousands of Spaniards angry over joblessness protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Juan Medina

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Demonstrators embrace as they camp out in La Constitucion square during a protest in Malaga, southern Spain early May 21, 2011. Tens of thousands of Spaniards protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), the protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

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A demonstrator gestures during a protest in Malaga, southern Spain late May 20, 2011. Tens of thousands of Spaniards protested for a sixth day on Friday in cities all over the country, and the government looked unlikely to enforce a ban on the demonstrations, fearing clashes. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), the protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for six days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. Picture taken May 20, 2011. REUTERS/Jon Nazca TEMPLATE OUT

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Demonstrators camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 21, 2011. Spaniards took their protests over sky high unemployment and austerity into a seventh day across the country on Saturday, defying a ban on demonstrations in the run up to local elections on Sunday. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for seven days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators fill up Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 21, 2011. Spaniards took their protests over sky high unemployment and austerity into a seventh day across the country on Saturday, defying a ban on demonstrations in the run up to local elections on Sunday. Dubbed los indignados (the indignant), tens of thousands of protesters have filled the main squares of Spain's cities for seven days, in a wave of outrage over economic stagnation and government austerity marking a shift after years of patience. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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Demonstrators sleep as they camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 22, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have daily joined those camped out for the past week to protest against government austerity before regional elections on Sunday which are likely to deal a blow to the Socialist government. An estimated 30,000 were on Madrid's Puerta del Sol plaza on Saturday night, demonstrating against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators sleep as they camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 22, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have daily joined those camped out for the past week to protest against government austerity before regional elections on Sunday which are likely to deal a blow to the Socialist government.. An estimated 30,000 were on Madrid's Puerta del Sol plaza on Saturday night, demonstrating against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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Demonstrators raise their hands in approval during an assembly to vote on whether to continue their campout in Madrid's Puerta del Sol May 22, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have daily joined those camped out for the past week to protest against government austerity measures before regional elections on Sunday, which are likely to deal a blow to the Socialist government. An estimated 30,000 people were on Madrid's Puerta del Sol plaza on Saturday night, demonstrating against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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People cast their shadows as they read messages on a wall in Madrid's Puerta del Sol on the ninth day of protests May 23, 2011, a day after regional and local elections. Tens of thousands of protesters have daily joined those camped out for the past week to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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A demonstrator sleeps under several banners as he camps out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol on the ninth day of protests May 23, 2011, a day after regional and local elections. Tens of thousands of protesters have daily joined those camped out for the past week to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. Sign (C) reads Ignorance of the city gives victory to the tyrants . REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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Demonstrators hang banners while they camp at the Rossio square in Lisbon May 23, 2011. The demonstration is held to protest against politicians, bankers and the authorities' handling of the economic crisis. Youths began a camping protest opposite the Spanish Embassy to support the Real Democracy movement in Spain. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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Demonstrators hold a public meeting while they camp at Rossio Square in Lisbon, during a demonstration held to protest against politicians, bankers and the authorities' handling of the economic crisis, May 23, 2011. Youths began a camping protest opposite the Spanish Embassy to support the Real Democracy movement in Spain. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

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A demonstrator sleeps as people camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections, May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined daily those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Demonstrators sleep next to an area they have designated as an emergency exit and path for firefighters as people camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined daily those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Demonstrators camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections, May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. The sign in the background reads 5 million people unemployed is terrorism. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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A passerby looks at demonstrators camping out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY)

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Demonstrators camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections, May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Demonstrators read at an area they have designated as a library as people camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. The sign on the left provides protesters instructions on how to respond non-violently to police in the event they try to dismantle the camp. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Demonstrators camp out in Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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A banner that reads Politicians, you make us sick!! hangs next to the area where demonstrators are camping out at Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined daily those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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People walk past banners, photos and messages in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, two days after Spanish regional and local elections, May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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Demonstrators, one of them wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, attend a public assembly at Madrid's Puerta del Sol two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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People walk past banners, photos and messages in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. REUTERS/Susana Vera

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People look at a wall pasted with banners and messages in Madrid's Puerta del Sol, two days after Spanish regional and local elections May 24, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters have joined daily those camped out for the past ten days to protest against the government's handling of an economic crisis which broke out in 2008. Spain's ruling Socialists reeled on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment and investor demands for strict austerity measures. The bold word on the board reads, Complain. REUTERS/Susana Vera