‘Europeans have had enough!’ — that is the message of three days of protests against economic conditions starting today and taking place in several cities around the continent.
Tens of the thousands of people filed through the streets of Madrid in the first march. The series of rallies has been organised by a confederation of European trade unions. Addressing the crowd Spanish union leader Ignacio Fernandez Toxo said: “The people need systems of social protection today, not tomorrow. Jobs today, not tomorrow.” Spain is one of the countries hit hardest by the global financial ownturn. Protestors made clear they were in mourning for their economy, carrying fake coffins and dressing in black. The demonstration attracted people from several countries in what organisers say was a show of support among European workers. Around 4,000 people are said to have taken part in a similar event in the Romanian capital Burcharest. One man taking part said: “We’re here to protest against government policy, to show our feelings about a lack of job security and living standards.” Some countries have seen the first glimmer of hope of recovery. But analysts warn of more job losses before the corner is turned