The interesting point about the Barcelona riots yesterday was that it marked a change in mood.
The previous demonstrations in Madrid and other cities of the ‘indignados’ were peaceful protests against unemployment and the monopoly of the two main Spanish political parties. They accepted the need for austerity but want structural change.
However yesterday it was a Greek style violent yob fest against the Catalan budget cut backs. Maybe it’s just a Catalan thing but it is an escalation.
If that spreads to Spain and I accept Catalunya is not Spain, it could derail the acceptance in the minds of most Spanish people that the austerity programme is necessary.