Spain through the looking glass

Police protest against austerity in Madrid

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Thousands of police from all over Spain marched through a rain-soaked Madrid today to complain about low salaries and the crippling effects of government cuts.

The march was accompanied by the sound of whistles, firecrackers and sirens with most officers wearing the blue t-shirts and caps of Spain’s SUP, or police union, according to the country’s ABC newspaper.

In a media release yesterday, the SUP slammed a system where people charged with busting major crime rings earned 1,400 euros a month. The statement claimed police were resorting to second jobs as gardeners or waiters to make ends meet.

‘The force is taking in water from all sides and we can’t take it any more,’ said the press release which was based on an unofficial police interview that appeared in La Gaceta.

‘Every year between 1,500 and 2,000 police leave the force and 125 enter,’ said union spokesperson JoséMaría Sánchez Fornet.

‘That means that in three or four years time we’ll have more insecurity and more crime in Spain,’ added Fornet.

The number of demonstrators was hard to ascertain as accurate police figures were unavailable. The union said 11,000 had attended while the ABC put up the figure of 5,000.

There were no reports of police violence.


Written by georgemills25

November 17, 2012 at 18:21

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. no self-abuse?

    richard parris

    November 17, 2012 at 18:39

  2. No police violence! They must have locked up the tear gas before leaving the office!

    Lawrence McGrath

    November 21, 2012 at 18:26

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