Thousands of public sector workers protested throughout Tuesday and into the evening against austerity cuts in Madrid.
Carrying signs saying “ it’s not a crisis it’s the system” and “ some rob people with guns others with the law”, the message was that Madrid’s public services were not for sale.
Some protesters felt the cuts were the first step towards privatisation and that services such as public health should remain public.
The conservative regional government in Madrid has announced plans to extend working hours and cut sickness benefits.
Fireman, nurses, hospital workers and teachers will all be hit by the measures which unions claim will undermine social and emergency services across the board.