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Grandparents scuffle with police over Spain austerity cuts

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 01:16

Oct. 27 - The elderly arm of the Spanish indignados movement demonstrates against government cuts in Barcelona with some brawling with police. Sunita Rappai reports.

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"We won't keep our mouths shut" say these Spanish grandparents, who took to the streets of Barcelona on Saturday to protest against drastic austerity measures. Spains' lower parliamentary house rejected amendments to a draft budget this week as they debated a tough austerity package that includes deep spending cuts and tax hikes. These protesters, who belong to the elderly branch of the indignados protest movement named after the Catalan word for grandparents, organize direct action once a month to protest against the cuts. In their first demonstration last November, they occupied a Santander bank office in the city. This man says he is here for his two grandchildren. "They have lost what their grandparents fought for," he says. "There are no jobs for them and it doesn't look like there are going to be any." The elderly protesters faced off against police when they reached the regional government headquarters - with two people injured in the ensuing scuffles. Spain has one of the eurozone's highest deficits and is struggling to reduce its fiscal gap in the midst of a deep recession. Lawmakers must finalise the 2013 budget before the end of the year.

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Grandparents scuffle with police over Spain austerity cuts

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 01:16