The Guardian view on Podemos: desperately seeking lost momentum | Editorial

Published Apr 04 2021 at 5:25 PM GMT
  • Ten years after the indignados took to the streets, the fortunes of their political heirs are flaggingSpain's regional elections in May 2011 were a lively affair, to say the least.
  • As post-crash austerity led to soaring unemployment and abject poverty for millions, the indignados movement was born, filling Madrid and other cities with protesters night after night.
  • It was out of this ferment of discontent and anti-capitalist idealism that the Podemos party was born, quickly rivalling and briefly threatening to surpass the Spanish Socialist Workers' party as the country's main leftwing force.
  • Ten years on, political drama is on the cards again, as Madrid goes to the polls on 4 May.
  • The conservative regional president, Isabel D'az Ayuso, has called a snap election to consolidate her majority, after threatening manoeuvres from a junior coalition partner.


  • Published Apr 4, 2021 5:25 PM GMT