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Police Turn Spanish Parliament Into 'Fortress' as Numbers Swell at 'Occupy Congress' Protest

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Police in Spain blocked off access to the Spanish Parliament Tuesday in anticipation of "Occupy Congress," a mass protest expecting to draw thousands to the streets over drastic austerity cuts in the nation. The building "took on the appearance -->

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday September 25, 2012, 8:07 pm
(AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)

Police in Spain blocked off access to the Spanish Parliament Tuesday in anticipation of "Occupy Congress," a mass protest expecting to draw thousands to the streets over drastic austerity cuts in the nation. The building "took on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress," according to the Associated Press, ahead of the protest expected to start around 1730 GMT.

As protesters began gathering around the Parliament, Madrid's regional Interior Ministry delegation said up to 1,300 police would be deployed. Protest leaders said they have no plans to enter the building -- only to march around it.

Protest numbers continue to swell around parliament, but no confrontations with police have been reported. Protest leaders said the action will be peaceful. A livestream of the event can be viewed here.

Demonstrators are calling for entirely new elections in the country, saying the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November. The current government has continued to make extreme cuts to the public budget in a bid to win further bank and finance bailout loans from its European partners.

Austerity measures in the country have included public sector pay cuts, privatization of public assets, tax increases, and a raise in retirement age by two years.

Spain is in the middle of its second recession in two years and faces a 25 percent unemployment rate.

The government, headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, is expected to unveil a new batch of cuts on Thursday when it presents a draft budget for 2013.
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JL A (281)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 10:04 am
OWS alive and well in other parts of the world where apparently freedom to protest is more respected by police than in the US

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 5:24 pm
Thanks for the update.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 5:34 pm
Wish we could get those number over here in USA. But I suppose they did a good job arresting, pepper spraying, and beating people up that it did what they wanted, slowed it down. But not over, I have faith that the people will do some regrouping and move forward in some way.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 26, 2012, 6:28 pm

Exactly, and those countries do respect the rights of the people - you know, like the US used to do. Guessing maybe we need to get serious.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 3:48 am
Several European countries are in bad shape. The poor Greek people can hardly make enough money to eat! It's no wonder there are rioting. In Israel they have become tired of fighting for economical causes and after a few demonstrations, it just died down, like our government wanted and knew would happen.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 5:29 am
interesting post, thanks

Kenneth V (1500)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 11:03 am
noted thanks

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 4:11 pm
Thanks , noted .

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday September 28, 2012, 5:01 pm
Noted, and thanks, Kit. Good for the Spanish people! This news cleaned a few cobwebs from my soul...hope they keep it up and change is made. Occupy isn't's thriving very well here in Tucson. For those who may think it's dead in their city, goto for a list of cities. We no longer have an encampment here, but the "Y" gave Occupy a space to work from. They have weekly protests and are very active networking with other groups...and even e.mail a newsletter every few days with upcoming actions and projects.

M B (62)
Sunday September 30, 2012, 11:33 am
I watched it on TV, the police were beating up innocent women, it was quite cruel, shame on the police !!
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