The 25S movement brought thousands of people together to protest in front of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid on September 25. The atmosphere became tense, just as predicted, with police charges coming soon after. Once again, social networks were the most commonly used means of sharing information.
Image: Alberto Casillas, manager of a bar, is the hero of 25S for protecting protestors from the police. Photo by El Diagonal, taken under CC Licence.
The rise in value-added tax from 18 to 21 percent in Spain has made life even more expensive and dealt a hard blow to people’s wallets. The hike went into effect in September, the month in which students go back to school and families go shopping for school materials.
Various groups have mobilized in force to coordinate donations of school supplies, among them neighborhood assemblies and the 15M movement. When it comes to books, web pages such as Libroscompartidos.com (Shared Books) allow users from different corners of the country to exchange books not for profit and even manages delivery service and collection of the material.