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'Citizen tide' of protests swamps cities in Spain

Published on Feb 24, 2013 1:30 AM
A firefighter wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and holding a placard reading "If there is no justice for the people, there will be no peace for the government" attends a demonstration by public workers, small political parties and non-profit organisations against government austerity on Feb 23, 2013 in Madrid. Nurses, doctors, students, miners and members of Spain's "indignant" movement against economic inequality join in the so-called "citizens' tide" against the steep spending cuts and tax hikes imposed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government to slash the public deficit. The day of protest coincides with the 31st anniversary of the failure of right-wing military coup that sought to crush Spain's young democracy and restore military rule. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID, Spain (AFP) - Spaniards furious at hardship and corruption scandals in the financial crisis massed in cities across the country on Saturday in a "citizens' tide" of protests.

Thousands converged in central Madrid in a din of drums and whistles, in one of scores of demonstrations called by a grouping of civil movements.

"We have come because of it all - unemployment, corrupt politicians, the young people who have no future - it's a combination of everything," said Luis Mora, 55, a construction worker.

He was demonstrating in Madrid with his brothers and sisters who work in the health sector - one of the areas hit with salary and budget cuts in the recession.

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