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Spain protesters defy ban to remain in Madrid square

Tens of thousands of Spanish protesters have defied a government ban and camped out overnight in a square in the capital, Madrid.

The protesters object to the government's economic policies and have occupied the square for the past week.

Spain's electoral commission had ordered them to leave ahead of local elections on Sunday.

But as the ban came into effect at midnight, the crowds remained and police did not move in.

Sarah Rainsford reports from Madrid.

  • 21 May 2011
  • From the section Europe