Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Netanyahu deletes tweet featuring photo of James Foley

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 22 August 2014

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Read more

FOCUS

Lifting the veil over China's air pollution

Read more

ENCORE!

Tango Takeover in Paris

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Steely resolve of reporters exploited by pared-down employers'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US judge calls Argentina bond swap offer illegal

Read more

  • Europe launches navigation satellites to rival GPS

    Read more

  • Besieged by problems, Hollande faces unhappy return from summer holidays

    Read more

  • Iraqi Sunnis quit govt talks after mosque massacre

    Read more

  • US demands Russia withdraw aid convoy from Ukraine

    Read more

  • PSG fall flat once more against Evian

    Read more

  • Fed Chair says US job market still hampered by Great Recession

    Read more

  • August 22, 1914: The bloodiest day in French military history

    Read more

  • Central African Republic announces coalition cabinet

    Read more

  • Hamas publicly executes "informers"

    Read more

  • French firebrand leftist to quit party presidency, but not politics

    Read more

  • Fear of Ebola sky-high among Air France workers

    Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Malaysia mourns as remains of MH17 victims arrive home

    Read more

  • Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu set to be Erdogan's new PM

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

Europe

‘Indignant’ demonstrators in new protests across Spain

Video by Ben Barnier

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-06-19

Thousands of Spain’s "indignant" demonstrators converged on cities across the country Sunday in a major new protest against dire unemployment levels and biting austerity measures, which they blame on "inept" politicians.

 
AP – Spanish protesters of all stripes – young and old, working and unemployed - marched Sunday in Madrid to drive home their anger over high unemployment, bleak economic prospects and politicians they see as inept.
 
Similar demonstrations were being held later in other cities including northern Barcelona, eastern Valencia and southern Seville. Police were out in force after a Wednesday protest in Barcelona turned violent.
 
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he expected the protests to be peaceful.
 
“A sacred rule of democracy is that in the exercise of rights you do so peacefully,” he said.
 
Nearly two years of recession have left Spain with a 21.3-percent unemployment rate _ the highest in the 17-nation eurozone – and addled with debt.
 
The jobless rate, which has more than doubled since 2007, jumps to 35 percent for people aged 16 to 29. Many young, highly educated Spaniards can’t find jobs as the eurozone’s No. 4 economy struggles with low growth.
 
Protests began May 15 and spread to cities across the country, striking a chord with hundreds of thousands fed-up with the wage cuts and tax hikes needed to resolve a financial crisis they see as created by banks and wealthy developers.
 
Protester Antonio Cortes, 58, said Spain’s workers were being asked to bear the brunt of the financial crisis.
 
“This crisis was created by the capitalist financial system and we are paying for it. All the cuts shouldn’t be aimed at the working class,” he said.
 
Marchers departed from six points around Madrid bearing banners saying “Let’s march together against the crisis,” heading to Neptuno square near the country’s parliament building.
 
Zapatero’s government has tackled the crisis by cutting government spending, freezing pensions, raising the retirement age and making it easier and cheaper for companies to lay people off.
 
Spain slipped into recession in 2008 after a real estate bubble burst, halting a credit-fueled consumer spending spree.
 
It has not needed or sought an international bailout like fellow eurozone members Greece, Ireland and Portugal, but its financial troubles strike fear in other European capitals due to the sheer size of its economy.

 

Date created : 2011-06-19

  • SPAIN

    Protesters leave Madrid square encampment

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    A day with Madrid's 'Indignant' youths

    Read more

  • SPAIN

    Spain's Socialists suffer drubbing in local polls

    Read more

COMMENT(S)