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Thousands demand Spain PM resignation
« on: July 18, 2013, 06:09:30 PM »
Thousands demand Spain PM resignation

Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:39PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/07/18/314476/thousands-demand-spain-pm-resignation/


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Thousands of people in Spain have taken to the streets in the capital Madrid to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

On Thursday, protesters staged anti-government rallies after Rajoy dismissed calls by opposition lawmakers to answer questions on a corruption scandal in parliament.

On Sunday, head of the opposition Socialist party Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba called on Rajoy to resign after a media report accused him of receiving illicit cash payments when he was a minister in the late 1990s.

On June 9, Spain’s daily El Mundo published excerpts from the ledger entries of a secret slush fund run by the governing People’s Party (PP), implicating Rajoy and other senior PP members in the corruption scandal.

The document -- purportedly handwritten by former PP treasurer and senator Luis Barcenas -- showed the names of the Spanish prime minister and PP members as well as the amounts each had allegedly received.

According to the report, the illegal payments to Rojoy included an amount of 42,000 euros (USD 53,705) in 1997, and two payments of 12,600 euros (USD 16,111) in 1998.

The document was sent to the country’s High Court on Monday, the Spanish daily said.

Barcenas, who confirmed the authenticity of the ledgers last month, is currently being held in custody in connection with several corruption charges.

In January, similar claims by the El Pais , another Spanish newspaper, ignited protest rallies against the Spanish prime minister and drew calls from the opposition Socialist Party for Rajoy’s resignation.

However, Rajoy and the PP have repeatedly denied the allegations.
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2013, 11:01:52 AM »
Spanish court quizzes senior ruling party member

Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:39PM GMT
source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/08/14/318742/spain-court-quizzes-ruling-party-member/

A senior member of Spain’s ruling party has appeared in court to testify about a slush fund allegedly run by the party for decades.

Maria Dolores de Cospedal, secretary-general of the ruling Popular Party, appeared at a Madrid court on Wednesday to answer questions about the slush fund.

The secretary-general was greeted by angry protesters who insulted her and called for her to be jailed.

The ruling party has been rocked by allegations of corruption, as recent published documents showed that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other party members received money from various companies mostly from the construction sector in exchange for state contracts.

According to the documents, Rajoy was paid a total of 343,700 euros (USD 456,000) over two decades by former Popular Party treasurer, Luis Barcenas.

The country’s parliament questioned Rajoy on August 1 over the corruption allegations. During the session, he admitted to have been wrong to trust his party’s former treasurer.

Barcenas, who was jailed in June pending a separate corruption probe, testified in July that he had paid out cash to Rajoy.

The scandal has caused anger among Spaniards, who are struggling with persisting recession, high unemployment and deep budget cuts since 2008.

Deteriorating economic situation in Europe has created growing discontent among the European public, with many nations across the continent grappling with teetering economies.
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Basque protesters defy Madrid ruling in Bilbao demonstration
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2014, 04:16:08 PM »
Basque protesters defy Madrid ruling in Bilbao demonstration

A court ruling had deemed protests in support of ETA prisoners illegal, but tens of thousands of protesters showed up in Bilbao.


Pro-independence Basque demonstrators gather on
the street during a protest in Bilbao.
Image: AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos


TENS OF THOUSANDS of protesters in Spain’s Basque Country defied Madrid on Saturday by holding a mass demonstration marked by tensions over jailed members of the armed separatist group ETA.

Crowds filled the streets in the northern city of Bilbao in a march for “human rights, understanding and peace”, after a judge banned another demonstration planned to demand concessions for the prisoners.

The treatment of imprisoned ETA convicts is one of the most delicate issues in a standoff between the authorities and western Europe’s last major armed secessionist movement.

ETA is blamed for 829 killings in its campaign for an independent Basque homeland in northern Spain and southwestern France.

Sensitivities flared last month when prisoners’ groups pushed for concessions from authorities, outraging victims’ families.

A judge at Madrid’s top criminal court yesterday delivered a ruling prohibiting a demonstration that was called explicitly in support of the prisoners, saying it was organised by a banned group.

Basque nationalist and separatist political parties then weighed in, calling a new “rights” march this evening.

The banned demonstration was to call for jailed ETA members to be moved to prisons closer to their families.

One of them, Itziar Goienetxia, 52, said she lived in the Basque country and had to travel 1,200 kilometres there and back for a 40-minute visit to her husband in jail in the southern town of Cadiz.

“It’s a double sentence,” affecting her as well as the prisoner, she told AFP as she came to join Saturday evening’s march.

The conservative Basque National Party which governs the region and a left-wing pro-independence grouping joined forces in calling the march, in a rare joint show of strength.

Between them they accounted for more than half of the votes in the last regional elections, as pro-independence Basques set their sights on a political solution.

“Political parties and unions that represent the political majority of this land decided they had to call this demonstration to defend the right to freedom of expression,” Pernando Barrena, spokesman for left-wing party Sortu, told AFP.

The spokesman for the regional government, Josu Erkoreka, earlier said the ban was “incomprehensible to the Basque people”.

The victims’ association AVT applied to have the new demonstration banned too, saying it gave “grave offence to each and every victim of terrorism,” in a statement.

“The only aim of the initiative is to pay homage to prisoners of the terrorist group ETA,” the association said.

A judge today ruled that the new gathering called by the parties was not illegal however, a court source said.
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