A SWEEPING $80 billion austerity program pushed by Spain's right-wing Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been met by a new surge of workers' resistance, with miners leading the way and public-sector workers joining the battle with street blockades in the capital city of Madrid.
The public workers' protest came nine days after 200 striking coal miners from Asturias arrived in the capital after marching along with their supporters nearly 250 miles to Madrid to protest the withdrawal of government subsidies from their industry.
The miners got a huge popular reception in Madrid. An estimated 150,000 people--many of them organized by Spain's two main union federations--turned out on the streets around midnight to greet the miners after their march.
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