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Spanish spring protests: 'Enough is enough'

23.02.12 @ 17:55

  1. By Méabh Mc Mahon

(Photo: EUobserver)

Thousands of students gathered in the eastern Spanish town of Valencia this week to protest against education cuts and corrupt politicians. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has already raised taxes and cut spending to reduce the deficit by about €15bn and introduced an education budget cut earlier this month that - according to protestors - have left student classrooms without heating. But what started out as a peaceful movement has evolved into national uproar over alleged police violence. Demonstrations in support of Valencian students were organised all around the country. Protests will culminate on Wednesday 29 February with the European Trade Union Confederation's EU-wide protest. Trade unionists have called on citizens to protest against austerity under the slogan "enough is enough".