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(en) Spain: CGT brings 20, 000 people onto the streets of Madrid [ca]

Date Tue, 20 Jun 2006 12:22:36 +0300

On this day of struggle, the CGT brings 20,000 people onto the streets - over
40 coachloads from the various provinces arrive at the Madrid demo
> The Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT - General Confederation of Labour)
gathered 20,000 members from all over the State for its Day of Struggle on 10th
June in Madrid. The event united all our ongoing conflicts and the struggles we
are involved in. The demonstration started at 6.00 pm at the Plaza de España,
filling Calle Princesa with placards and red'n'black flags, going down Marqués
de Urquijo and ending up in Paseo Camoens, where a meeting took place, followed
by a concert with music from six groups (Boikot, Domingo Calzado y el Conjunto
Istiércol, A Palo Seko, Deshechos, The Locos and Sonotones).

This day of struggle is the result of a year's work by the CGT. The current
situation forced us to organize a firm response by the wide spectrum of the
population that does not agree with the current economic and social policies
that have grave effects on the rights of the workers.

The men and women of the Confederación General del Trabajo came onto the
streets of Madrid on 10th June in defence of a social life organized through
the initiative of the citizens themselves, freedom and solidarity. We took to
the streets for the right to care and to be cared for, for the right to live
and to enjoy a healthy and inhabitable environment, for the right to a decent
life and employment in the service of people, for the right to enjoy our
cultural heritage and for the right to the social self-management of our
rights. In other words, for the right to have rights and to exercise them.

Our expectations were fulfilled with this mobilization. The actions of recent
months have been creating a climate that led to the massive attendance at
today's Day of Struggle. Besides members and sympathisers from Madrid, there
were over 40 coachloads of protestors from various parts of the country.

Roberto Blanco (Confederal Press Office): 690 640 826
Irene Delgado (CGT Communications Office): 609 70 27 90
Ángel Luis García (CGT Secretary for Union Action): 690 64 12 99

Confederal Press Office
C/ Sagunto 15, 1º planta - 28010 - Madrid
Telephone: 91.447.57.69/609.70.27.90/690.640.826
Fax: 91.445.31.32
E-mail: prensa@cgt.org.es
Web: http://www.cgt.es

Translation by FdCA International relations

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