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Spain Bans Young Protesters Ahead Of Elections

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Police and tens of thousands of young protesters camped out in dozens of Spanish cities are heading for a clash after the country's electoral authorities effectively ordered the government to dissolve the protests.

The committee declared that the protests contravened Spain's election laws, which ban campaigning the day before a vote. Municipal and regional government elections are to be held on Sunday amid a climate of growing anger over government austerity, spending cuts and 21% unemployment.

"They [the protests] are against electoral legislation ... and cannot happen," the committee ruled.

More than 10,000 people gathered in support of the protesters camped out at a makeshift tent city in Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square in the early hours of Friday morning, greeting with boos and whistles the decision that they must leave.

Looks like the Spanish protests are going to get interesting as the police force people off the streets. Protests aren't allowed in democracies.

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It is interesting to see that the Spanish protests look like they may be following the same path as the Greek ones. On that subject there are more and more hints that her national finances may be heading in the same direction too.

This stage of the crisis is now hitting Spain. The Financial Times has spotted some research which suggests that Spain’s regional governments have an extra 26 billion of Euros of debt sitting on their books than they have owned up to. Since 2008 the official amount of debt held by regional governments has expanded greatly too and has almost doubled to 115 billion Euros.


On and on it goes....

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