Spain is shouting, and the noise is deafening. It is the result of nearly four years of conservative policies that have plunged the country into a myriad of ongoing protests against the government. The labor reform, tax increases, cuts in health and social services, reform of the Abortion Act, evictions, reforms in the educational system and, more recently, the Gag Law. All of this has lit the fuse of protest in Spain, in a period marked by hopelessness, pessimism and disgust.
In 2012, the first year of Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, 44,233 demonstrations were recorded, about 120 protests per day. And the people have not stopped shouting. “The 15-M changed everything, it was a turning point. Now the Spanish are more mobilized”, says Ana García, Secretary General of the Union of Students.
However, when speaking of the protests, the media give prominence to the data: How many people attended the protest? How many detainees? How many riots? How many injured? But the protagonists of a protest are not the numbers, but the people who attend them with air in the lungs and anger in their hearts. This is a story about those people.
“The Protest” is a lively and ongoing project, which aims, as Robert Capa used to say, bridge the distances and put a face to indignation; providing an in depth look at the stories of its protagonists. It has been many demonstrations, but there is only a protest: The Protest. A call to dignity. A song to freedom.