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French gather in protest modelled on Spanish movement

Demonstrators showing their empty palms march past Spanish riot police at the French embassy in Madrid, during a protest in support of demonstrators in Paris 30 May  2011.
Demonstrators showing their empty palms march past Spanish riot police at the French embassy in Madrid, during a protest in support of demonstrators in Paris 30 May 2011. Reuters/Andrea Comas

Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Paris on Sunday to call for a popular uprising to mirror a Spanish campaign which has seen demonstrators across the country denouncing mainstream politics, corruption and unemployment for two weeks.

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The young crowd gathered on Bastille square unfurled giant banners reading “Real democracy now” and “Paris wake up”.

Police and organisers said about 1,000 people took part. They were demanding “a change in economic structures to improve the sharing of world resources,” said protestor Chantal Pignau.

At the forefront of the Madrid rallies, protestors dubbed “the indignant” remained camped in central Puerta del Sol square, but in smaller numbers than at the peak of the campaign ahead of Spain’s 22 May local elections.

In France, the southern city of Toulouse and the southwestern city of Bayonne also witnessed protestors camping out with banners declaring “We all have reasons to be indignant…join us”.

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