recently reported on the coal miners from Northern Spain, who marched to Madrid to protest the budget cuts to the mining sector, which will effectively take away 38,000 jobs in the industry.
While the coal miners were demonstrating peacefully in Madrid, the government announced its latest austerity measures
, including increases in VAT, which will push prices up generally throughout the country. The people simply cannot afford this. With 25% of Spaniards out of work, the new measures also reduce unemployment benefits. 50% of young Spaniards, most of whom have never been able to find a job, will get nothing.
The general public and members of the 15m movement joined the coal miners in their protest on the streets of Madrid. Without provocation, the police fired rubber bullets
, injuring 76 people, including an 11-year-old girl.
Because of this, a general call was made for people to march in all major cities in Spain on Friday night. Protesting in support of the beleaguered coal miners, protesting the government's latest cuts which effectively end any semblance of a welfare state, and protesting the violence of the police officers against peaceful protesters.
As can be seen in the photo below, the people are also angry at a video
, which has been circulated widely, of PP Deputy, Andrea Fabra. When Prime Minister Rajoy made his announcements of the latest austerity measures, Fabra was seen to first applaud, then yell "¡que se jodan!", which basically says "F*ck them all", referring to the unemployed and suffering people of her own country. Always great to hear that your government cares so much for you.
In Málaga, a couple of thousand people met in the Plaza de la Constitución, mostly dressed in black, and some wearing miner's helmets and lights (in solidarity with the coal miners).
They started a march around the city to the offices of the ruling party, the Partido Popular (or as I now call it, the "Partido Impopular", as there is nothing popular about this party these days!)
The idea was to throw a few eggs, but unfortunately the offices of the PP were carefully surrounded by several National Police vehicles and men.
All along the way, loud chants were heard against the politicians and bankers. Insults and accusations were hurled at several banks and expensive department stores that we passed, and loud firecrackers were occasionally thrown. People watching us from hotel and apartment balconies were told, "Don't watch us! Join us!"
The evening ended back in the Plaza de la Constitución, with inspiring speeches by various members.
Meanwhile in Madrid, protesters clashed with riot police outside the Partido Popular offices of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. One person suffered a broken nose and several arrests were made.