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Spanish government feels the heat from education protests

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2293

Some 750,000 school and university students marched throughout Spain on Wednesday of last week against government plans to slash education funding.

The protests covered 25 cities.

Spain’s right wing government has already imposed cuts that have left schools with no heating or resources to buy books.

Jonas Rummelio was protesting in Barcelona. He told Socialist Worker, “These cuts are killing us.

“The government says this is the only way out of the crisis. But the more cuts they make, the worse life gets.”

Police attacked Barcelona’s demonstration with rubber bullets and tear gas.

Jonas said, “The government pushes us into misery and then their police attack us.

“But we have to fight back.”

The government is attacking workers’ rights in what it says is a drive to be “competitive”.

Trade unions have called a general strike for 29 March in response.

One lecturer from the University of Barcelona said, “What the government is doing is madness. The only way we can stop it is to stand together—workers, students and unemployed.”


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International
Tue 6 Mar 2012, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2293
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