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Spain’s Democratic Spring


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Spain’s Democratic Spring

Oscar Reyes

Imagine that the Occupy Movement stood for election in New York and won, or that anti-gentrification activists took over the city hall in San Francisco. That’s what just happened in Spain, where citizens’ groups with roots in the anti-austerity indignados movement performed so well in recent municipal elections that they now lead governments in the country’s three largest cities — Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia — along with several others.