Spaniards and Greeks protest against austerity measures

11.03.2013 - 09:41

Spaniards took to the streets on Sunday in more than 60 cities across the country. The nation's trade union confederations, CCOO and UGT, and many other organisations and NGOs called for the demonstrations to protest against a series of government austerity measures.

Spaniards protested against social spending cuts and soaring unemployment. "Poverty in this country is rising at an alarming rate, we must say enough, right now," said Purificacion Garcia, secretary for equality for the Socialist Worker's Party (PSOE), the DPA agency reported.

“People protest against unemployment and for the renewal of democracy” said the UGT in a statement.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said that the austerity measures are necessary for Spain’s economic recovery. Despite people’s efforts the unemployment has risen to over 26 percent. Protesters claim that Rahoy’s measures have hit Spaniards hard and damaged Spain’s economy. In Madrid the protest ended peacefully at Puerta del Sol in the city centre. "Violence is when you get a 600-euro salary" was the main slogan chanted by the protesters.

It is worth mentioning that on Sunday, Greek Indignant protested against government’s austerity measures for the first time in several months. The protesters carried signs bearing slogans like "Poverty, unemployment, suicides. Enough is enough". The demonstration in front of the Parliament was mobilized through social media. The police used tear gas to end the protest. One young protester was arrested.