This is a video about Spanish demonstrators against Bankia.
From daily The Morning Star in England today:
Several thousand demonstrators marched in Spanish cities on Saturday to protest against the mismanagement of banks that left them on the verge of bankruptcy.
In Madrid protesters gathered outside the headquarters of Bankia, which has requested a €19 billion (£15.2bn) bailout and holds €32bn (£25.7bn) in toxic assets.
There has been a dramatic rise in poverty, hunger and inequality across Spain since the outbreak of the economic crisis in 2008. Spain has now become the country with the most inequality of all 27 countries of the European Union (EU): here. And here.
Spanish government imposes more austerity measures: here.
This 5 February 2014 video is called European Officials Pushing Austerity in Spain to Boost Corporate Profits By Repressing Unions and Wages.
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SPAIN: The number of people registered as unemployed rose by a little under 80,000 in September as the summer tourism season came to an end.
The Labour Ministry said today that the total number of people registered as jobless is now 4.71 million.
Spain is in its second recession in three years with an unemployment rate of nearly 25 per cent.
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Thousands protests in Madrid against austerity measures
Thousands from across Spain joined protests in the capital, Madrid, over the weekend, against austerity measures and called on the government to resign.
The demonstrators gathered at the heavily policed parliament building, held a minute’s silence “with their backs to parliament, then shouted ‘resign’ with fists clenched,” according to the BBC.
Sabine Alberdi, protesting in Madrid, told Agence France-Presse, “I came to demonstrate because they’re taking everything away, our health, our education, our houses.”
Anti-austerity protests also took place in Barcelona, Valencia and other cities.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government plans spending cuts of around €40 billion for next year. A quarter of the working-age population in Spain are now unemployed.
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Staff at Spain’s historical sites to strike
Around 500 workers employed by National Heritage, the state body charged with looking after Spain’s palaces and other historical sites, will take industrial action March 28 and March 29. They are protesting government measures that have slashed their wages by 15 percent and extended their working hours.
Staff including gardeners, waiters, cooks and other workers at the royal palaces will go on strike for the first time.
Among other sites to be affected will be Madrid’s vast Royal Palace, the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum, where the fascist dictator General Francisco Franco is buried, and the Escorial Palace near Madrid.
Protesters support evicted family
SPAIN: Protesters held banners in support of Jesus Mari Ayala, a 43-year-old man who, along with his two children, was evicted from his flat in Pampalona today after losing his job at a car factory.
The poster reads: ”You are not alone. We are with you’.”
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Military personnel protesting
SPAIN: Members of the armed forces wear masks with Jorge Bravo’s face on it and wave banners reading :”No arrests for defending salaries,” “Thanks to Bravo, our fighter,” “Respect for the military rights” and “In defence of professional rights” during a protest outside the Defence Ministry in Madrid on Saturday.
Military personnel were protesting in support of president of the United Spanish Military Association Jorge Bravo, who has been jailed for openly criticising government-imposed military pay cuts.
Spanish TV workers strike
Media workers at Prisa TV are on strike over pay and conditions. Raidtvnews.com reported, “37 channels in Spain are to be affected by a one-week strike by Prisa TV workers. The strike could also affect sport broadcasts, the rights of which are exclusively owned by Prisa. Roland Garros and the last day of the national football league will probably not be broadcast”.
Prisa TV’s parent company recently announced that is going to take over the television subsidiary, and staff fear that the new agreement will set the ground for future layoffs. The company intends to reduce wages due to the drop in profits during the first quarter of 2013, which was especially large for Canal+.
The union has argued that Canal+ made a €50 million profit in 2012.
The board of directors has access to up to €28 million in bonuses in 2013, according to the Comisiones Obreras (CC.OO) union. The strike will be effective until Saturday and will affect channels including Canal+1, Canal+Liga, Canal+ Deporte, Sportmanía and Caza y Pesca.
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