“For an education with future, to fight is not a crime,” screamed a banner carried by students in Madrid – one of 70 such protests nationwide on Thursday according to Spain’s national Students’ Union.
It was the second successive day of rallies with police using batons in Pamplona to disperse the demonstrators angry at reforms in education. It’s claimed two million have abandoned their studies because of cuts and an increase in fees.
The protests came on a day the Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz spoke for the first time about the riots on the streets of Madrid on Saturday: “There could have been some failures in co-ordinating information between police teams on the day,” he told reporters.
Hundreds of thousands according to estimates gathered in the capital from all over Spain to take part in so called “Dignity Marches”.
But what started as a peaceful protest in support of causes including jobs, housing and an end to poverty was later marred by violent clashes.
More than a hundred people, including police were injured while nineteen were detained.