Thousands of Spaniards demonstrated in Madrid, as they were upset their governments handling of the economy. Spain. 17th August 2011
Source: Press TV
Thousands of Spaniards have launched rallies in the Spanish capital Madrid against their government's austerity measures, Press TV reported.
The three-day protest starting on Tuesday was initiated by Spain's two largest trade unions, the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) as well as the Unio'n General de Trabajadores (UGT).
Tensions are running high as unions are battling a constitutional reform that consists of a controversial budget cap.
The protesters are now demanding a referendum before the Constitution is changed.
Possible clashes between protesters and security forces as well as traffic disruptions expected, as the protest organizers anticipate the rally to grow by Thursday.
Meanwhile, thousands of Italians have stated a general strike in the capital of Rome, protesting against their government's recently adopted austerity measures.
The strike is expected to disrupt public transportation, including train and bus services, and lead to the closure of some government offices.
Italian airline Alitalia has also announced that the action will force it to reduce the number of its domestic flights.
On Monday, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano called for swift action to reinforce the economic austerity plans while warning of clear signs that markets have lost confidence in Italy.
The strike comes as Berlusconi's popularity rating has plummeted to an all-time low.