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Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures

Thousands of protesters take possession of Madrid's Sol square and set up up tents and kitchens

Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Demonstrators gather at sunset after another day of protests at Sol Square on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
A demonstrator shouts slogans during continued protests at Sol Square camp on May 20, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
A demonstrator carries a placard reading 'One more day of reflection' as she dances with others at Sol Square on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Demonstrators dance at Sol Square on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. A growing number of angry Spaniards have, encouraged by youth groups and social media campaigns, taken possession of the Sol square setting it up with tents and kitchens ahead of Sundays regional and municipal elections held in Spain (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Young people camp out at Sol square on the morning that voting in Spain's regional elections begins on May 22, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. Despite a ban on political protests ahead of Spain's regional elections the number of demonstrators, angry with the high youth unemployment and economic policies, gathered in the capital's central Puerta del Sol square has increased to about thirty thousand (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Young people camp out at Sol square on the morning that voting in Spain's regional elections begins on May 22, 2011 in Madrid, Spain (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Demonstrators gather during a continued protest at Sol Square camp on May 21, 2011 in Madrid, Spain. (Getty Images)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Thousands of Spaniards filled city squares and camped out across the country to protest against government austerity before regional elections on Sunday which are likely to deal a blow to the Socialist government (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
In the first major election since the government passed huge spending cuts and unpopular reforms, some voters will have to pick their way through plazas littered with protesters' tents and makeshift beds to reach polling stations (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)
Angry Spaniards protest against unemployment, austerity measures
Demonstrations are forbidden in Spain on election days and the preceding 24 hours but the government has not sent in police to enforce the ban, fearing violence after a week of peaceful protest (Getty Images/ Text: Reuters)