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