Thousands protest against cuts
But it wasn’t just teachers represented at last week’s protest, although they far exceeded other groups, there were nurses, doctors, emergency medical staff, hospital and health centre workers, union representatives and supporters as well as municipal workers; all wanting to voice their opinions on the severe cuts that have been handed out by both the central government and the Valencia regional government. And groups came from all over the province including Elche, Guardamar and San Vicente del Raspeig.
“We are tired of cuts to our public services,” commented one protestor, “tired of the threats to our schools, hospitals, health service and emergency services.” The protest took nearly two hours to make its was through the city and at the end a rally was held where each of the unions that were represented spoke about the dire prospects for the region if these cuts continue to bite in the way that they have been. There was also much hatred towards the proposed state bail out of the bank Bankia, and who could blame them?
“We are all suffering,” said the representative of the CCOO union, “we are all here together to make our voices heard. We say NO to the cuts and NO to the government spending our money bailing out Bankia.” He added: “Everyone, young and old, must get behind this movement. The more people who protest, the louder we get! We are all colleagues in this fight.” The leader of the UGT, another union involved in the protest, commented: “Quality public services are our right, now for us and in the future for our children and grandchildren. The public will not surrender!”
08 June 2012
Morten / Javea Vacation
In some places they set fire to the streets, fight the police and trash the towns ... in the Alicante area we have samba dancers and singing. Strong crowd though and they have some solid points - with 25% unemployment it is suicide to make big cuts, it only takes out more of the spending power from the people and causes more lost jobs.Report
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