Majority of Spaniards support 15-M movement

Most of those asked believe protest is "a peaceful movement" despite incidents in Barcelona earlier this month

EL PAÍS Madrid 27 JUN 2011 - 15:38 CET

Despite the violent episodes like the one that took place outside the Catalan parliament, the 15-M Movement still enjoys sympathy from the majority of the Spanish public. Most citizens, according to a Metroscopia poll conducted for EL PAÍS, do not blame the "indignant ones" for these incidents. Organizers have distanced themselves from the violence that has taken place at certain demonstrations and issued calls for it to stop.

In early June, when the protest movement was only in its infant stages and the public did not know how long it would last, 66 percent supported it. Now, almost a month later, support for the movement remains at 64 percent.

About 71 percent of Spaniards - among them 83 percent of Socialist voters and 54 percent of Popular Party supporters - believe that the platform is a peaceful movement that seeks to rebuild democracy. Only 17 percent consider it a radical, antisystem movement that aims to replace the current system with another.

Two of the platform's demands - a call for changes to the law to remove the statute of limitations on public corruption charges and preventing big companies from firing workers as long as they rake in profits - have the support of citizens, with 89 percent of Spaniards saying they agree with them.

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