29M - general strike in Spain
On 29th of March, Spanish Unions call for a general strike to protest the labour reforms and austerity cuts of the conservative government. There where lots of demonstrations all around Spain. In Madrid, thousands of people marched through the principal streets. In the panorama we can see the cross of the centrical streets Alcalá and Gran Vía full of protesters. There where lots of political and civic organizations supporting the protests. In the image we can see lots of red flags of the UGT and CCOO unions. The demonstration ended in the central Puerta del Sol where the Unions made a speech.
Terraza del Círculo de Bellas Artes. Semana de la Arquitectura 2012
In view of this time and in the street Barquillo the old palace of the Dukes of Swedish and Alcudia, ...
Rey Square, in Chueca area, Madrid. Photo taken in october the 15th 2010, at 16:45h. La Casa de las S...
On 29th of March, Spanish Unions call for a general strike to protest the labour reforms and austerit...
circulo of bellar artes to madrid
Azotea del Círculo de Bellas Artes. Madrid
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