Repression of the Spanish Protest Movement - Mechanisms and Consequences

Simsa, Ruth (2017) Repression of the Spanish Protest Movement - Mechanisms and Consequences. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 8 (3). pp. 321-336. ISSN 2154-3348


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Based on longitudinal qualitative research, the paper analyses manifestations and mechanisms of the repression of activists of the Spanish protest movement 15M, and effects of this repression perceived by activists. To contextualize this, the background of the movement, its goals, and its achievements are described. The movement started in 2011, protesting the social crisis, the consequences of austerity policies, and corruption. It had viable effects on the framing of the current situation, in political attitudes and also, indirectly, on the political system. The Spanish government has responded to movement activities with repression and with new laws that interviewees characterize as a further restriction of the civil right to demonstrate and protest. Findings indicate that the combination of overt and covert repression have effects far beyond the manifest acts of the repression itself.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open Access article.
Keywords: social movements, Spain, repression, civil society, mobilization
Divisions: Departments > Sozioökonomie > Soziologie u Empirische Sozialforschung
Forschungsinstitute > Kooperationen und Genossenschaften
Kompetenzzentren > Nonprofit-Org u Social Entrepreneurship
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 15:36
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 15:52
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