by Scott Creighton
Friday night in Madrid Spain. Spaniards are protesting the worsening austerity policies of their government. Miners hiked 250 miles to Parliament in order to protest a new 63 percent cut in coal mining subsidies which they say will cost 30,000 Spanish jobs. They were joined on the last leg of the hike by thousands of Spaniards who were showing their support for the miners and protesting a new VAT increase of 3%. They already have a 21% sales tax in Spain and this increase has pushed many over the edge.
Spaniards are calling this the biggest austerity push ever and it seems the powers that be really don’t like the idea of organized labor melding with the young and young at heart, idealistic protesters. So action had to be taken.
The police moved in and used batons and rubber bullets on protesters gathered around Parliament. Not many arrests are reported at this time, but over 40 protesters and some 30 cops have been injured.