New government austerity measures designed to slash 65 billion euros from Spain’s deficit have provoked protests from all quarters.
The country’s civil servants have become the latest group to show their anger.
One protester declared: “We, the workers, have to sacrifice ourselves for others – for the bankers, those who don’t pay their taxes – there is no equitable distribution of suffering over this crisis.”
By announcing the new cuts, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been accused of bowing to EU pressure and reneging on his election promises.
“What he should do, if he has any dignity, is resign because he has lied to his electorate,” said an angry postal worker.
Elsewhere in Madrid, in the mass protest led by hundreds of miners, clashes with police resulted in nine arrests and 70 injured.
Rajoy’s draconian saving plan – raising taxes and cutting benefits and pay – is a bid to avoid the need for a full state bailout.