Spanish air traffic controllers have walked off the job in a wildcat strike during one of the country’s busiest holiday weekends.
In response, the Spanish government has taken over the control towers and ordered in the army to try and get the planes back in the air. The strike came hours after Madrid decided to sell off 49 percent of the national airports authority.
“The government has decided to continue using all the instruments provided by law to prevent a group of workers gravely affect the life of the nation by defending some of their privileges,” said Interior Minister Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba.
That has included the possible declaration of a state of emergency today, and sending the police into the controller’s hotel to warn them if they do not go back to work they risk imprisonment.