What has become known as the Occupy movement in the English-speaking world, or Indignados and Indignés in Spain and France respectively, is a loose network of separate protests or protest movements in over 80 countries that broadly question the assumed wisdom of modern economic thinking and deplore the inequalities it causes.
The initial impetus for the movement came from Spain, the European country with the highest number of unemployed, where tens of thousands of largely younger people started to stage sit-ins on major city squares across the country on 15 May 2011. They soon assumed the collective title of Los Indignados (the indignant or outraged ones). While some protesters decided to stay in Spain, taking ownership of public spaces with large tent cities, others decided to take their protest to Brussels, the nominal capital of the European Union, collecting other groups of protesters and petitions on their way.
As the marchers entered France, the French press dubbed them Les Indignés, referring to the best-selling booklet 'Indignez-vous!' (Time for Outrage) by Stephane Hessel in which he argues that the French need to become outraged with the current social state of affairs again in order to effect change.
William Daniels accompanied a group of about 50 mostly Spanish marchers from Spain to Paris
where they attempted to occupy symbolic sites such as Paris' Bastille Square, the birthplace of the French Revolution, and the Place de la Bourse, where the country's stock exchange is based. After having been moved on from central Paris, protesters started to occupy parts of the La Defense quarter, Paris' glittery business district.
The Occupy movement continues to spread with protesters ensconced in front of London's St Paul's Cathedral and tens of thousands of other around the world holding out in public spaces, trying to draw attention to the exploitative and unequal effects of unbridled capitalism.