Published on 19 Jul 2013
Thousands people vent their anger against allegations of corruption in the ruling People’s Party outside its headquarters in Madrid.
Published on 18 Jul 2013
Protesters and police were injured during bloody clashes in Madrid on Thursday. Following a protest in front of the headquarters of Spain’s ruling Popular Party, around 1,000 protesters marched along the streets of Madrid calling for the dismissal of the Spanish government. As tensions mounted, police were seen beating protesters with batons, in clashes that left at least three protesters and one policeman injured.
The demonstrators also aimed to further publicise the latest accusations made by Luis Barcenas, a former head of the ruling Popular Party’s Treasury, stating that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy accepted undisclosed bonuses from businessmen and private builders. Barcenas also claimed that the Popular Party was illegally financed by major construction companies in exchange for contracts. Barcenas is serving a prison sentence for tax offences and capital evasion.
Spain’s economy has suffered from stagnant activity following the onset of the European debt crisis, resulting in surging unemployment rates, particularly among the nation’s youth.