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Anti-capitalist groups seize on flamenco as latest weapon against banks

Anti-capitalist groups seize on flamenco as latest weapon against banks

A new craze is sweeping Spain’s anti-bank protestors. Whilst in other countries protestors against “the system” prefer violent street protests or fire bombing offices, in Spain, angry citizens are turning up in their bank offices, dancing a live flamenco show with anti-bank lyrics before disappearing.

The flashmobs -groups of people who are spontaneously called together for a protest- are organised under an umbrella group called Flo6*8. The anonymous group aims to give participants the lyrics and rythms to these songs and then lets local branches act out their own protests at will.

Often leaving euro-cents on the floor in protest at the banks “penny pinching”, the only rule is that the protest must be good flamenco. Depending on the style of the flamenco chosen, there will usually be a central dancer surrounded by a cantaor singing his cante and backed up by the rythem group who harmonise with him or her.

Banks admit they aren’t quite sure how to respond to this latest attack, but seem content to allow the craze to run its course.