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Spanish demonstrations over alleged corruption


On the streets of Madrid there has been a clear message to Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. “Go to jail,” chanted hundreds of protesters in the wake of fresh allegations of corruption in the ruling People’s Party.

Spain’s second largest daily newspaper El Mundo which has played a key role in uncovering other scandals has published what it says are original documents showing payments from an illicit slush fund operated by the PP.

“We are in an unsustainable situation, at our limit. We are being ruled by a delinquent government, supported by criminal structure which is the party and consequently we are in a corrupt system that cannot take it anymore,” said one of the protesters.

Another added, “We have over six million out of work, we have a massive brain drain, we have an excess of qualified people at universities who must emigrate and we can’t take that anymore.”

The documents published in El Mundo show the name of Mariano Rajoy and two payments of 12,600 euros. El Mundo has handed them over to the High Court.

The ledger was reportedly operated by former party treasurer Luis Barcenas He is being held in custody in a separate corruption case accused of tax fraud and receiving illegal payments.

Esperanza Aguirre, Head of the Popular Party in the Madrid region said: “If there have been irregularities in the party funding we will have to admit, explain and present it in front of the Spanish people with honesty and integrity.”

Earlier this year the prime minister emphatically denied claims he received or handed out what he called “under-the-table money”.

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