Tens of thousands of Spaniards streamed into the streets nationwide Sunday to slam Madrid’s austerity program, which will take a $13 billion bite out of the country's education and healthcare budgets.
"It's a crime to cut healthcare!" read numerous banners across 55 cities in Spain. Many placards simply stated "No" and pictured scissors symbolizing the spending reductions.
A new round of belt-tightening reforms approved on April 10 is set to scrap free medicine for pensioners and charge students higher fees. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet is seeking to revitalize the struggling economy with $36 billion (€27 billion) in savings, with a further $13 billion (€10 billion) to be made in healthcare and education spending.