The population of Greece is 10.7 Million. What proportion demanded a no-confidence vote? Even if it was 100,000, that's 1% of the population. In Spain, "tens of thousands" is less than 0.1% of the population. I don't dispute the passion of some groups against austerity policies, but I'm not seeing broad popular support for a different strategy in either case, and I don't tend to buy the "the voters were manipulated into supporting austerity" argument, any more than I bought the GOP's argument that people were too stupid or "entitled" to vote for Romney.