MADRID, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Madrid is preparing for further protests against the government of Mariano Rajoy and the spending cuts introduced over the past nine months.
Last Saturday saw over half a million Spaniards take to the streets of Madrid in a march organized by Spain's 'Social Council', which consists of the main trades unions and over 150 differing organizations, under the banner, 'Vamos! Quieren arruinar el pais, hay que impedirlo' (Lets go, they are going to ruin the country, we have to stop it).
This Tuesday, September 27 promises to see the level of tension rise in Madrid with a demonstration organized by several different groups with the aim of surrounding the Spanish Congress.
This demonstration promises to provide more tension than other demonstrations against Rajoy's fiscal policy as Spanish law expressly forbids and demonstrations outside of the centrally located Congress building while Congress is session as it will be this coming Tuesday.
Spanish police have already begun to organize in Madrid to stop any attempt by protestors to reach the building and barriers were being put in place as early as this Saturday.
It is expected that around 1,350 riot police will be on duty as of Monday night, establishing a series of controls to filter our demonstrators before they get too close to the Congress.
The first filter will be situated 500 meters from Congress with three further rings closer to the building.
Meanwhile Tuesday will see various marches depart from different parts of the city before arriving at the emblematic Puertas del Sol and the Plazas Cibeles and Neptuno. With the Plaza de Neptuno situated at barely 200 meters from Congress and Cibeles another 500 meters along the Paseo del Prado close by, that looks to be the focal point for any possible tension.
Police sources commented in the El Pais newspaper this Saturday that they were not aware of any violent groups aiming to take part in the demonstrations, but added it was "better to be prepared than to lament afterwards."