Worthy of a thread I think. Some of the more politically aware/active friends I have here are convinced that there has been a block on any news being published in the UK. That may, or may not be true, but I certainly haven't seen any UK press reports about the *bloody riots and demonstrations here. This is Spain's closest equivalent to The Guardian (don't want to compare really, but...). http://elpais.com/elpais/inenglish.html/ A general stike has been called for Thursday, and I suspect it is going to be very ugly. A demo a couple of days ago against 'austerity cuts' was attended by police, guardia civil, fire fighetrs and pretty much every public worker affected. People are very unhappy to say the least. They see banks bailed out to the tune of 20x the national healthcare budget, then they're told they have to take a pay cut. Adding fuel to the fire, the diaghter of a known to be very corrupt provincial leader was caught live on microphone making 'screw them' comments about the unemployed, and possibly also inferring the same to public sector workers. Those in power are in fear. Nobody is looking forwards to Thursday, but almost everyone feels it needs to be done. Another rumour amongst the more left wing people I speak to is that Spain is going to be 'sacrificed' by the EU. It's just to big to support and far to corrupt. The vast majority of Spanish people want to be a part of contemporary Europe. It is already getting ugly. Why none of this is being reported in the UK press (?) is a good question. It's a big issue for the whole of Europe. Or, is it in the press in the UK? *Austerity cuts march, and the miners 'black' march.