facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Cuts to social spending in Spain protested

April 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM   |   Comments

MADRID, April 29 (UPI) -- Protesters in Madrid Sunday demanded the government back off from planned cuts to social programs.

The political opposition groups that organized the rally said Spain was stumbling toward "an economic and social emergency" that would only be worsened by cutting people off from healthcare and higher education.

They also decried reforms to the Spanish national pension system as a thinly disguised move to privatize the program.

The pre-May Day rally drew about 9,000 people, Madrid police told El Mundo, although organizers said the number was more like 40,000. Similar smaller protests took place in Barcelona and other cities.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
2
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
3
Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional
4
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
5
Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff Cop-killer suspect Eric Frein possibly spotted, in standoff
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback