Spain, Portugal brace for more protests

2012-09-29 10:06

Madrid - Authorities in Madrid are bracing for more protests near the Spanish Parliament in the city's downtown district after demonstrations there last week brought violence and arrests.

The latest rally on Saturday is expected to draw tens of thousands of people angered by government spending cuts and tax hikes. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government says the measures will continue into next year, as will the economic recession.

Spain's unemployment rate is almost 25%, and more than half of people under 24 are jobless.

In neighbouring Portugal, where protests have been big but tame, the main trade union confederation has called people onto the streets to demonstrate against the bailed-out country's austerity drive.

Portugal is locked into a programme of budget cuts in return for last year's €78bn bailout.

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-09-29 11:06

    And now they demonstrate, but for years they saw clearly how their economies were being ruined from the handouts they were receiving from the its payback time and everyone is squealing!

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-09-29 12:31

    Human Beings behaving badly is the order of the day. God have mercy

  • Jacob Zooma - 2012-09-29 15:09

    what! Protests in other countries other than SA! you joking...

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