Demonstrations for Labour Day in Spain

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INTERNATIONAL Workers’ Day in Spain on May 1 saw large demonstrations in some 80 towns and cities in Spain. Large protests were held in Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao.

The demonstrations came the week after the revelation that record numbers of Spaniards are out of work, 6.2 million in all. The unemployment rate has hit 27 per cent and 57 per cent is among young people.

Even the two main Spanish unions CCOO and UGT have joined forces to demand a new deal – in other words, a change of economic policy.

Austerity measures imposed by European institutions, they say, have been a ‘total failure’.

“With six million jobless in this country and the prospect that number’s going to grow, you think we don’t have to take to the streets?” asked one protester in Madrid.

“It’s happening every day, they’re taking everything away from us, in the end we’ll have no rights at all. Everything that’s been fought for 40 years will be taken away in four,” said another.

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