Spaniards hold mass protests ahead of elections   2011-05-21 17:07:48 FeedbackRSS

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Demonstrators took to the streets in Madrid on Friday, ahead of Municipal and regional elections. Protesters have voiced their dissatisfaction over Spain's ongoing economic crisis. They hope their action will draw the attention of the parties who will lead the country in the future.

Demonstrators came out in force, prepared to defy a ban on election-eve protests by the national electoral commission.

They are angry over the country's economic crisis and also disappointed at political parties that have been unable to improve the situation.

Abgel Hernandez Demonstrator, said, "This is quite extraordinary that such a thing can happen and, as you can see, not only young people are protesting. They might have turned the light on, but there are also old people like me, who are outraged about everything that's going on. Also, the political parties should realize by now they are getting old."

Municipal and regional elections are scheduled for Sunday, and the protesters have said they rally again on Saturday, and beyond.

The ruling Socialist party is widely expected to suffer big losses at the polls, perhaps even in traditional strongholds.

The Spanish government is presiding over an economy struggling to overcome recession and create jobs to chip away at a 21.3 percent jobless rate, the highest in the eurozone.


Editor: Lu Hui
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