It has been almost four weeks since miners in Asturias first went on strike, protesting against government cuts meant to reduce Spain’s budget deficit.
The striking workers say they will continue to fight against plans to slash coal subsidies which will result in thousands of job losses.
Anger at the government is demonstrated by a hanging effigy of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy in the tower of the Santiago mine.
“We’re not here because we like to block roads and bother people, but we don’t have any other choice,” said one striking miner.
The area is already struggling, explained a woman supporting the industrial action: “Half the mothers have unemployed children at home.”
Shopkeepers across the northwestern region refused to open up, making their areas into ‘Deadtowns’ in an act of solidarity with the miners.
Eight thousand workers on strike are worried the planned 63 per cent subsidy cut will devastate their industry.
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