You've heard the term "the beautiful game"? Well when it comes to 15m protests in Málaga, what you experience is "the beautiful noise". Anyone who didn't realize the purpose for yesterday's manifestation might, understandably, have thought there was a great big party going on.
And boy, did everyone have fun! Well, maybe not the residents who were not involved in the protest.
Despite a ban on the protest, the action started in the Plaza de la Merced in the heart of old-town Málaga. The music blared as everyone got together ready for a walk around town.
The photos in this photo essay are of the Plaza de la Merced on the protesters' return from the march.
The video above shows the protesters passing through the narrow streets on their way back to Plaza de la Merced. Lots of fun was had by all, as you will see, including an inflatable globe of the world being bounced backwards and forwards over everyone's heads, until it landed on a balcony, where it probably remains today.
Heading through the narrow streets of the city, various music was heard, from reggae, to flamenco, to the great tribal beat of the drummers of Málaga 15m.
The police had very kindly blocked vehicles from entering the route of the protest march. However, along the way we came across a wedding car. Obviously they had tried to get through using the normal route but had been blocked by the police. So, unfortunately for them, they tried to sneak into a side street and encountered thousands of people blocking the way!
The poor bride had hundreds of unexpected wedding photos taken as everyone rushed over with their cameras. The police tried to help the father of the bride, but as far as I could tell, they told him he would just have to wait until everyone had passed by.
On arriving back at the plaza, more fun was had. On the left side of the plaza was a very serious orchestral concert in progress. Down the middle was a row of police officers and on the right, the protesters congregated.
At first people were saying "shhhh, shhhh". But with the adrenalin still flowing from the march, soon the noise racked up yet again. There was no problem with the police, and they just let everyone continue (as long as no one tried to cross to the concert side of the plaza).
A symbolic tent was placed in the center of the plaza to mark the many previous occupations of the squares in Spanish cities.
No official numbers are out yet, but there were definitely several thousand people involved. To the author, it felt as though there were more people than attended the last global event on October 15, 2011.
The Spanish Ministry of the Interior is apparently reporting that 30,000 people protested countrywide, but as one 15m member stated "they should learn to count", because there was at least that number in Madrid alone yesterday, never mind all the other cities who participated.
People are uniting globally to say "Enough is enough". With the loss of basic human rights in so many countries and privacy being taken away from mankind step by step, it is time to make a stand.
The world is in crisis - people are going hungry, cannot find employment, losing healthcare, losing their homes and education is deteriorating. The constant threat of war hanging over their heads is terrifying, as the U.S. continues with its so-called "war on terror".
In Spain almost 25% are unemployed, which includes nearly 50% of the youth. Education is becoming unaffordable and even if a university degree is attained, there is no job waiting for the youth of today's Spain. No hope of a job, no hope of owning a home, no hope of getting married and having children of their own.
The event continues right through until May 15, 2012, which is the first anniversary of the 15m movement in Spain.
After an enjoyable day, things turned a little nastier later in the evening as police very roughly removed protesters who were attempting to sleep in the plaza.