- uploaded: Jun 22, 2013
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VOTE 1 STAR IF YOU'RE PRO STUDY CUTS
Thousands of students and teachers have demonstrated in the Spanish capital Madrid to protest against the government's budget cuts in the education sector. Carrying flags and banners that read "Our education will not pay your debt," the demonstrators marched towards the education ministry to voice their anger at the crisis budget cuts and layoffs in schools and universities.
The demonstration was called by the national students' union, which says Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government has cut five billion Euros ($6.5 billion) from public education budgets in the past year. According to a statement by the union, university fees have been raised by up to two thirds and 80,000 teachers have been laid off.
"They are privatizing the universities and raising fees, cutting research and putting more students in each class," said a university student in the protest rally. "The only option I see is to go and work or study abroad," he added. The Spanish government has also been sharply criticized over the austerity measures that are hitting the middle and working classes the hardest.