Austerity Protests spread to Valencia Spain




Spaniards by the thousands are in the streets of Valencia as well as other Spanish cities. They are protesting both education cuts and labor reforms that are part of the Spanish government's austerity measures.

Valencia already has one of the highest rates of unemployment in Spain. Demonstrators have clashed with the police especially in Valencia on the coast. Protesters have complained that the police have used violent tactics charging the demonstrators and beating them with batons. They then dragged them off the streets. Several protesters have been wounded by rubber bullets.

More than 40 people have been arrested so far several minors. The demonstrators claim that reforms instituted by the government last month will destroy jobs by making it easier to fire staff and adjust schedules. The government claims the changes actually help labour. For more see this article.

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