Thursday, May 26, 2011

'Protests to continue in Spain'

General view of the Puerta del Sol square in Spanish capital, Madrid, on May 21, 2011 during a protest against the country's economic crisis and high unemployment

Source: Press TV

The “Real Democracy Now” movement in Spain has said that the reversed results of elections will not end protest movement in the country.

Jorge Naroja, a spokesman for the "Democracia Real Ya" (Real Democracy Now), said on Wednesday that "the future does not belong to us since most members of the parliament, some of them corrupted, are not our representatives."

Sunday's regional and local elections delivered a heavy blow to Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's ruling Socialist Party with conservatives emerging as winners.

He also criticized the government for tightening the grip on the poor and for high unemployment.

The spokesman for the “Real Democracy Now," one of the organizers of popular protests in Spain via Twitter and Facebook, also said that the protesters who are ordinary people are seeking real democracy.

He went on to say that the Spanish want to establish multi-party system in the country, adding that “at the time being, we do not elect individuals, we elect the lists.”

He also compared protests in Spain with the anti-government movements in the Middle East and North Africa, saying what they have in common is protesters' courage and their determination to fight corrupt politicians and dictators.

Since mid-May, Spain has been witnessing demonstrations against the government's austerity measures.

The massive protests came after the government of Prime Minister Zapatero introduced a slew of drastic austerity measures, including the cutting of civil servant wages, as part of its plans to curb the budget deficit from 11 percent a year earlier to within three percent of the GDP, a limit set by the European Union by 2013.

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