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Podemos Anti-Austerity Party on the Rise, Thousands Protest in Madrid

© AP Photo / Andres KudackiPeople wave Republican and Podemos party flags during a Podemos party march in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
People wave Republican and Podemos party flags during a Podemos party march in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Following the victory of radical left-wing Syriza party in Greece, thousands of people gathered in Madrid in an anti-governmental rally organized by the Spanish anti-austerity left-wing party Podemos.

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the Podemos party - Sputnik International
‘Podemos’ Party to Take Lead in Spanish Politics
MADRID, January 31 (Sputnik) Thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Saturday in an anti-governmental rally organized by the Spanish anti-austerity left-wing party Podemos, following the recent victory of the eurosceptic Syriza party in Greece's parliamentary elections.

"Thousands of people have already filled up Cibeles [a square in Madrid], have come to tell the government of Rajoy [Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain] that they will not continue tolerating the plundering to which we are subjected to, that we will chuck them out," Podemos wrote on its Facebook page.

More than 260 buses with more than 10,000 people from all over the country came to Madrid ahead of the rally, local media reported. Around 100 people have volunteered to carpool, a Podemos spokesperson told Sputnik.

According to the party's leader, Pablo Iglesias, the march's aim is not to protest or ask the government for anything, but to mark the beginning of change.

Following the victory of radical left-wing Syriza party, Iglesias told Rajoy to "begin the backwards countdown," according to media reports.

"Today Greece said that yes it is possible. It is the same as we shall say in Madrid on the 31: we can build a fairer country," Podemos said.

The eurosceptic Syriza party won in Greek parliamentary elections on January 25. The anti-austerity party received 36.34 percent of votes.

The Syriza party aims to renegotiate the austerity measures imposed by the European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) creditors, worth about $268 billion.

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