Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Spain: Millions protest education cuts
Most schools and universities are closed today. Both teachers and students are in the streets protesting cuts to educational funding as part of the countries' austerity measures. The government has slashed billions of Euros from the education budget.
The strike spans the whole system from elementary schools to universities. Both teachers and students are taking part in demonstrations today May 22.
The austerity measures if passed will reduced government funding to schools by more than 20 per cent. Unions say this will result in poorer educational conditions, mass teacher layoffs, and also higher tuition costs. The Spanish government is adding more austerity measures in addition to the 30 billion Euros in cuts already planned for this year. Overall unemployment is running at 25 per cent already and 50 per cent among young people. There have been numerous mass protests already in 2012 most not much covered by the media. I include a video of the celebration of the 15M or indignados movement. For more including video and photos see this site.