The 15-M movement is a protest movement that arose starting with the convening of the Real Democracy Now platform and was forged in the Andalusian capital on May 18th, 2011, when around 1,000 people gathered in centrally situated Encarnacion square, after the announcement spread massively through the social networks. At the end of the afternoon, about 200 protesters decided to set up a camp to stay the night in the square to support the demonstration. Day by day the number of campers and protesters that meet in the square has tripled.
In Seville, as in Madrid, and numerous other Spanish cities the gathering decided to continue the protest in spite of the Electoral Committee’s decision on Friday to prohibit the rallies for the official day of reflection, as well as election day, bringing together more than 10,000 people for the demonstrations that were called for last weekend.
Following the camp model set up in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, a camp was established in Seville this past Wednesday, May 18th. In the heart of this structure a communications commission can be found from which information is disseminated to the various social networks, the press, and other camps around the country. Work groups are in charge of communicating the supply needs of the camp to the outside world in real time, informing people, communicating with those who live in and around the square, as well as with shops and bars in the vicinity. Political parties, associations, and non-governmental organizations are absent and the large majority of the protesters has joined the group spontaneously and of its own initiative, without direction from any type of institution.