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Spanish spring protests: 'Enough is enough'

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Published on Feb 23, 2012

EUobserver / Brussels - (23rd February 2012) - While thousands of protestors took to the streets of Valencia this week to protest against education cuts and corrupt politicians, the European Commission warns Spain will plunge into recession this year.

Thousands of students gathered in the eastern Spanish town of Valencia to protest against education cuts and corrupt politicians. Adamant to cut the public budget deficit by 15 bn in 2012 in order to obey Eurozone rules, prime minister Mariano Rajoy introduced an education budget cut earlier this month that - according to protestors - have left student classrooms without heating. But what started out as a peaceful movement has evolved into a massive, national uproar against violence used by the police. Demonstrations in support of Valencian students were organised all around the country with students protesting with their "books and hands in the air". Protests will culminate next Wednesday 29th February with the European Trade Union Confederation's EU wide protest. Trade unionists from all over the EU have called on citizens to protest against austerity under the slogan, "enough is enough".

By Méabh Mc Mahon

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