Saturday, July 21, 2012

More Spanish Austerity Protests

Spain saw it's largest austerity protests to date, on Friday.

Protests and marches took place in at least eighty cities.

Tens of thousands took place in the protests, including police and fire personnel.

Some cities saw the protests turn violent as protestors began throwing objects at police.

Police used rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons, and batons to disperse the rioters.

On Thursday the latest austerity bill passed through Parliament.

The austerity measures are expected to save the country more than eighty billion dollars.

Part of the measures included an increase in sales taxes, while decreasing unemployment benefits.

Currently the country faces twenty-four percent unemployment.