Spaniards protest against austerity policies

Anti-austerity protesters have held a demonstration in the Spanish capital Madrid to express their anger at the government’s austerity policies, Press TV reports.

Spaniards protest against austerity policies

World Bulletin / News Desk

Students, health workers and members of trade unions took part in a demonstration dubbed as “Marches for Dignity” on Thursday, shouting for “bread, employment, roof and dignity.” according to a report in PressTV.

Education Minister José Ignacio Wert Ortega resigned in July following massive student demonstrations held across the country. But his policy, known as the 3+2 Decree, is still in place.

Under the decree, the duration of undergraduate studies was reduced from four years to three years while the duration of master’s programs was extended from one year to two years.

People are dissatisfied, saying the program has left many families in a disadvantage.

Spain is one of the European countries that received bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund and the EU. In return for the loans, the Spanish government has had to enforce unpopular austerity measures.

The country has been hit by a wave of anti-austerity demonstrations and strikes since the country’s economy fell into recession in 2008.

Many Spaniards say the belt-tightening measures have resulted in many economic difficulties over the past years.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ekim 2015, 10:18