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Protestors vow 'citizens' tide' to swamp cities in Spain

Published on Feb 23, 2013 7:33 PM
 
A man dressed as a Spanish Civil Guard (right), uses giant cardboard scissors to "cut" the head of a protester wearing a mask depicting Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (centre) during an enactment of 1981's attempted coup d'etat by a group of officers of the Guardia Civil, known as 23-F (23 February), in Bilbao on Feb 23, 2013. Spaniards furious at hardship and corruption scandals in the financial crisis vowed a mass "citizens' tide" of protests in cities across the country on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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

A grouping of civil associations and protest movements called in a statement for non-violent demonstrations in Madrid, Barcelona and scores of other cities.

Feb 23 marks the anniversary of an attempted coup in 1981 by right-wing officers who tried to crush Spain's young democracy and restore military rule.

"We are facing a real financial coup, that is why we have chosen this date," Paco Segura, spokesman for one of the organising associations, Ecologists in Action, told a news conference.

 
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