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Strike over cuts in Switzerland | Madrid march against violence

14 November strikes in Europe

14 November strikes in Europe The centre of Madrid became a sea of people when millions of workers walked out on strike last week. Estimates put one demonstration outside the city’s congress building at 360,000—more than ten times the official figure.

Workers strike against austerity across Europe

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s government must feel under siege. And on Tuesday of last week it was literally besieged, as more than 40,000 people surrounded the Congress building in Madrid.

Guy Smallman's pictures of the mass protests in Madrid

Guy Smallmans pictures of the mass protests in Madrid Hundreds of thousands of protesters laid siege to the Spanish congress building in Madrid on Tuesday in the country’s latest mass mobilisation against austerity.

Strikers march in Madrid as economy shrinks further

Government workers marched through the Spanish capital Madrid on Monday of this week while striking against the cuts.

Striking miners march on Madrid and say: 'We can be the spark!'

We didn’t expect such an amazing reception when we marched into Madrid on Tuesday. I didn’t dare to dream that it would be like that. The sheer size of the march meant we could barely move.

Spain's riot cops lash out at miners' solidarity demo in Madrid

11 July 2012
Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets into today’s mass demonstration in support of striking miners in Madrid.

Extraordinary scenes in Madrid as crowds greet striking miners

11 July 2012
Over 150,000 people in Madrid saluted the "black march" of striking miners, which triumphantly entered the city on Tuesday night after marching halfway across Spain.

Madrid puts on a show of solidarity for striking miners

10 July 2012
Striking Spanish miners were set to arrive in Madrid late on Tuesday night of this week.

International news round-up

03 July 2012
Miners on the march to Madrid Spanish miners on all-out strike to defend jobs are marching from mining regions to the capital Madrid. Miners on the march from Teruel were met by a large solidarity demonstration in Zaragoza, Aragon.

Madrid camp reclaims square

09 August 2011
Thousands of protesters have re-taken the central square in Madrid to protest against the government’s continuing austerity plans.

Quotes from the week's news

21 June 2011
‘The reform fatigue is visible in the streets of Athens, Madrid and elsewhere’

Spain: ‘Nothing will ever be the same’

07 June 2011
The protests sweeping Spain are reaching a crucial point. In the capital, Madrid, arguments rage about what to do next.

Video of protests in Spain

21 May 2011
Protesters in Puerta del Sol Square, central Madrid on 20 May 2011

Video of Spanish Workers closing shops at start of general strike

29 September 2010
Workers in Madrid start their general strike by closing shops on 29 September 2010. They are chanting "Close!" and "Strike!"

Transport workers hit the Madrid metro in strike over pay cuts

06 July 2010
Transport workers on the Madrid metro struck for four days last week over pay cuts, shutting down all 12 lines and bringing the city to a standstill.

Hundreds of thousands march against war across the world

24 March 2007
Spain Some of the biggest demonstrations took place in Spain. Hundreds of thousands marched in Madrid and more than 10,000 in Barcelona. Protests involving thousands more took place in many other Spanish cities.

‘A local and global battle’

16 October 2004
I'M FROM the University of Barcelona. There are some 650 of us here from Barcelona and some 1,000 from all over Spain, including activists from Madrid and Bilbao.

Some deaths more equal than others

19 June 2004
On 2 March, over 270 Iraqis were massacred in a series of horrific bomb attacks in Kerbala and Baghdad. The BBC's Six O'Clock News devoted less than ten seconds to the atrocity. By contrast, the Madrid train bombings on 11 March, which killed around 200 people, received continuous, impassioned coverage for more than two weeks.

Evidence grows of Aznar's Spanish lie

03 April 2004
THERE IS further proof that Spain's former prime minister Jose Maria Aznar lied when he announced the Basque separatist group ETA was behind the bombings in Madrid. Police officers and firefighters involved in the rescue told the Financial Times last week that they knew immediately ETA could not have carried out the bombing.

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