Video: Madrid on the brink

A new short film documents and explains the context of recent anti-austerity protests in Spain

Published October 2, 2012 5:10PM (EDT)

 Outside Madrid's parliament building, September 25 (via Twitter user @_cypherpunks)
Outside Madrid's parliament building, September 25 (via Twitter user @_cypherpunks)

Tens of thousands of protesters swarmed around Madrid's parliament building last week for anti-austerity demonstrations that continued for over four days and were met with a brutal police response.

Documentarians Brandon Jourdan and Marianne Maeckelbergh of the Global Uprisings project have been making short films about unrest and dissent all around the globe in recent months, from Europe to Egypt to the U.S.. They put together this short film (below), chronicling the protests and the police response, and detailing the reasons why so many Spaniards took to the streets.

By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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Anti-austerity Austerity European Financial Crisis European Union Eurozone Indignados Protest Spain