Spain’s hippy pensioners moon to protest cuts

Spain's pensioner activist group, the "iaioflautas", or "hippy pensioners" caused a stir on Wednesday with their bare bottom protest outside Barcelona's stock exchange building.

Spain's hippy pensioners moon to protest cuts
Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

The group of ten were protesting government cuts to social programs in Spain's Catalonia region.

Their peculiar protest was a homage to Catalonia's regional Christmas decorations — the Caganers — which feature crib figurines squatting while doing their business. 

Check out Spain's crazy Christmas decorations: the Caganers

One Iaioflauta activist said, "Iaioflautas came here to do our crap against this government that is impoverishing us".
The word 'iaioflauta' is a blend of the Catalan term 'iaio', meaning gramps, and 'perroflauta' or hippy. The group are very active across Spain.
They previously carried out an Occupy Wall Street-style demonstration at the Barcelona stock exchange in 2012.

"We don’t want our children and grandchildren to inherit a society worse than the one we've lived in," member Paco Gonzalez, 60, told the Washington Times in 2012.

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