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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 05:50 AM


'Citizen tide' of protests swamps Spain

Spaniards furious at hardship and corruption scandals in the financial crisis massed in cities across the country on Saturday in a "citizens' tide" of protests. Tens of thousands converged in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities to the din of drums and whistles and yells of "Resign!" directed at Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his government...

The grouping of civil associations that called the protests chose February 23 for the anniversary of an attempted coup in 1981 by officers who tried to restore military rule six years after the death of the dictator Francisco Franco.

The protestors' manifesto said the demonstrations targeted the "coup of the financial markets" which they largely blame for the crisis brought on by the collapse of the housing market...

Spain has been seeing weekly protests against the spending cuts and tax hikes imposed by Rajoy's conservative government to slash the public deficit. The cuts are squeezing the public sector, while the current recession that started in late 2011 has shut down companies and thrown millions out of work, driving the unemployment rate above 26 percent.

Public anger has been fanned over recent weeks by a corruption scandal in Rajoy's conservative Popular Party. Newspapers alleged that Rajoy and other party members received irregular payments, which he and the party have denied. A separate corruption case being investigated on the island of Majorca has implicated the royal palace. King Juan Carlos's son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin and a palace official were questioned by an investigating judge in that affair on Saturday.


Spanish king's son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin makes court appearance over fraudulent use of public money

Protesters jeered the Spanish king's son-in-law before he was questioned today by a judge about allegations he and a partner funneled away millions of euros through fraudulent deals.

The investigation has deeply embarrassed the monarchy in a country hard hit by a financial crisis and sky-high unemployment. The scandal ranks among the worst public relations mishaps the royal household has experienced in the 37-year reign of King Juan Carlos.

The Duke of Palma, the title held by Urdangarin, had been called to answer questions behind closed doors at a courthouse on this Mediterranean island about whether he used his high-profile status to secure lucrative deals for a nonprofit foundation he ran and then fraudulently diverted money for personal gain...the judge also intends to ask about alleged bank accounts in tax havens such as Andorra, Luxembourg and Switzerland.


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dtom67 Feb 2013 #1

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Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:52 AM

1. one of these days...

I hope to see protests or riots at the gates of the true enemy. Imagine 10,000 people camped outside of one of the Koch brothers' homes. Or better yet, one of those bastards being dragged from his home and getting tarred and feathered.

One of these days.

Yeah, I'll keep dreamin'....

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