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Spaniards keep up anniversary rally against economic crisis

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People banging saucepans with spoons shout slogans during a gathering marking the one year anniversary of Spain's Indignados (Indignant) movement in Madrid's Puerta del Sol on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

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MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 15: A demonstrator with Spain's Indignant movement dressed in costume representing a banker burns a Euro note during a rally at Puerta del Sol on Tuesday, May 15 in Madrid, Spain.

Reuters reports: MADRID - Spaniards kept up protests against politicians' handling of the economic crisis in Madrid's Puerta del Sol on Sunday after police evicted people from the central square in the pre-dawn hours and made 18 arrests.

As civic activists lamented Spain's worsening economy, authorities sought on the first anniversary of the grassroots "Indignados" movement to pre-empt a repeat of last year's encampment in the square that went on for a month.

Police arrested 18 people in Puerta del Sol overnight for resisting an order to leave. Protesters rallied anew in the square during the day calling for the release of the 18, chanting: "We're not all here!"

 

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Protesters with Spain's Indignant movement raise their hands in the air during a rally at Puerta del Sol on Tuesday.