MayDay 2012 in SpainSource: facebook.com
Tens of thousands of people across Spain protested Sunday against education and health care spending cuts as the country slid into its second recession in three years.
Unemployment is at a eurozone high of 24.4 percent, more than half of Spaniards under 25 years old are jobless, and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government has introduced stinging austerity measures in its first five months in office.
Speaking at a party rally, Rajoy, who on Friday announced a new set of tax hikes to come into effect next year, said he had “no alternative.” He added, “Spain needs deep structural change, not makeup.”
Protesters in northeastern Barcelona, northern Bilbao, eastern Valencia and many other regional capitals carried banners urging Rajoy to not “mess around with health and education.”
Palestinian children take part in a rally in front of Red Cross headquarters in Gaza City marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, April 17, 2012. 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails began a hunger strike Tuesday, Reuters reports. Israel’s prisons authority said in a written statement that a further 2,300 Palestinian prisoners said they would reject their daily meal in support of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.
[Credit : Suhaib Salem / Reuters]
[Jordan Experiences Arab Spring Weekly]
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Jordan of crushing pro-reform rallies in the country, saying Jordanian security forces violently breakup peaceful protests and beat and arrest demonstrators.
Interview with Ali al-Ahmed, director of the IGA