Monday, June 6, 2011

Spaniards swarm main squares

People camp at the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on June 4, 2011 where protesters have been staying at since May 15 to denounce political corruption, welfare cuts and unemployment

Source: Press TV

Spain continues to witness massive protests against political corruption, welfare cuts and austerity measures as demonstrators continue to swarm major squares in cities across the country.

Main squares in various Spanish cities were filled with young people on Sunday, AFP reported.

The Spanish youth manifested the largest spontaneous protests since the country slipped into recession after the collapse of a property bubble in 2008.

Last week, protesters set up a large encampment stretching in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square and vowed to continue their sit-in until their demands are met.

The protests, which began on May 15, have turned violent at times.

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

Spain's M-15 movement has as well inspired other European countries, including France and Greece, where people have been protesting austerity measures.

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