Last October, in mid-month, there were massive global protests around the world tied, to what extent or another, to the new Occupy movement. Madrid hosted the largest gathering, with perhaps as many as half a million, rallying against austerity and other problems. Of course, the protests are renewed there today. Here's my report on what happened in Madrid last October--when my man Beethoven, as he so often does, played the starring musical role in protests around the world. Video of the event below, although other videos with aerial views capture the size of the crowd and wild response better. Of course, in the U.S. such a crowd would say, "what's that music?"
Saturday, September 29, 2012
When Beethoven Called the Tune for Protests in Spain
is author of a dozen books (click on covers at right), including the new "THE TUNNELS: Escapes Under the Berlin Wall and the Historic Films the JFK White House Tried to Kill." He was the longtime editor of Editor & Publisher. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @GregMitch