February 23rd, 2013
08:45 AM ET

Across Spain, ferment over poor economy

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to turn out in towns and cities across Spain on Saturday to voice their anger over harsh austerity and the way the country's being run in the wake of its financial crisis.

Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Zaragoza are just a handful of the cities where big crowds are expected to join the mass demonstration, dubbed the "Marea Cuidadana" (Tide of Citizens).

Members of workers' unions and civil society groups are joining forces to swell their numbers.Organizers are using the hashtags #MareaCiudadana, #F23 and #YoVoy23F on Twitter to help protesters link up ahead of the marches.

The country's unemployment rate stands at 26% - its highest level ever - and the situation is even worse for young people, with more than 55% of 16- to 24-year-olds out of work. With no income, many Spaniards are finding themselves unable to afford the mortgage payments on homes that are no longer worth the prices paid for them.

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  1. s kel

    Hummm a facist like Tea Party rules Spain right? Ok people look at life under Mitt.

    February 23, 2013 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. wut

    Countries like Spain NEED an "intervention". But does anyone do anything? No. This will drag out for decades as usual.

    February 23, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |