A professor stood in front of text written by protesting students, which reads ‘Student Strike, 22, 23 and 24 of October‘ as student protesters, left, asked him to join the strike to protest against tuition increase and financial cuts in education at Complutense University in Madrid on Tuesday. Andres Kudacki/Associated Press
Bolivian President Evo Morales criticized European countries for acceding to U.S. demands, saying the former colonizers of Latin America are now being colonies of the United States.
Bolivia has accused the United States of spreading the false rumor as a means of intimidation into rejecting Edward Snowden’s bid for asylum. Bolivia and Venezuela have since said they would take Snowden in, and Nicaragua has signaled it would do the same.
Uruguayan President Jose Mujica while speaking at a summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia to show support for Bolivian President Evo Morales after his plane was forced to land in Vienna, Austria, because France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy reportedly refused to allow the Presidents plane to fly over their territories.
Bolivia said Morales was returning from Moscow on Tuesday when France and Portugal - later joined by Italy and Spain - banned his plane from entering their airspace, forcing it to land in Vienna after suspicions arose that Edward Snowden might have been aboard the plane.
However, after the Presidents plane was searched (with the Presidents permission) Snowden was not found on board.
The summit included the leaders of Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Surinam and Venezuela. At the end of the summit a statement was issued demanding answers from France, Portugal, Italy and Spain.
President Morales welcomed the show of support and said regional unity in Latin America was needed “to defeat North American imperialism.”
He also said his “hand would not shake if it came to closing the [United States embassy in La Paz, Bolivia]. Without the United States we are better off politically and democratically.”
Spanish nurses Maria Jose Marin (C), 23, and her twin sister Maria Teresa disembark from a plane after landing at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, June 4, 2013. After months of studying Dutch, a group of young Spanish nurses moved to the Netherlands to take up work, fleeing a dismal job market at home. Spain’s population dropped last year for the first time on record as young professionals and immigrants who moved here during a construction boom head for greener pastures. Spain’s jobless rate is 27 percent, and more than half of young workers are unemployed. For Spanish nurses, the Netherlands’ nursing deficit is a boon. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
Spain’s Rafael Nadal held a trophy with his taped fingers after winning the French Open for the eighth time, defeating compatriot David Ferrer at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris Sunday. Christophe Ena/Associated Press
July 21, 1936, Mari Ginestà, 17, a member of the Juventudes Comunistas (Iberian Communist Youth), stands armed on the roof of the Colón hotel in Barcelona mere days into the Spanish revolution against Franco’s military coup.
The picture was taken by Juan Guzman (who was born Hans Gutmann in Germany before going to Spain where he photographed the International Brigades).
People battled with eggs and flour in the traditional ‘Els Enfarinats’ battle at Ibi in Alicante, eastern Spain, Friday. Every year on Dec. 28, a day when Spaniards traditionally play pranks, a group known as the Enfarinats have taken over the ‘civil power’ in the town. European Pressphoto Agency
Health workers march against austerity measures in Madrid December 16, 2012. Thousands of Spanish health workers, patients and supporters on Sunday held a ‘white tide’ protest against budget cuts they say will affect the quality of health care. The placard (C) reads, ” Dangerous party “, in reference to Spain’s center-right People’s Party (PP). REUTERS/Juan Medina
Spain’s government rejected an offer of talks from armed Basque separatists ETA and demanded the group dissolve itself without conditions, after ETA called for negotiations on prisoners and a weapons handover.
Spain’s conservative prime minister and the leader of the opposition aim to agree measures on Monday to stop banks evicting homeowners after a woman’s suicide before her property was repossessed caused public outrage.
"No one should be without a home for not being able to pay," Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, leader of the opposition Socialist Party said on Saturday.
Northern Spanish mortgage lender Kutxabank said it was suspending repossessions after 53-year-old former Socialist councillor Amaia Egana threw herself out of her fourth-storey apartment window in Barakaldo in the Basque Country as court officials came up the stairs to evict her on Friday.
Egana’s death, the second eviction-related suicide in Spain in recent weeks, added urgency to an agreement reached on Wednesday between the ruling conservative People’s Party and the Socialists to seek a bipartisan deal over repossessions.
Graffiti accusing bankers of murder and calling for an end to evictions appeared on some bank branches in the Basque Country on Saturday, Spanish media reported.
"We are living through things that no one likes to see, situations that are competely inhumane," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a political meeting hours after Egana’s death. "I hope that on Monday we’ll be able to talk about a temporary suspension of evictions for the most vulnerable families."
One measure would be to grant grace periods, Spanish media reported. Rajoy said the rules would not be retroactive, while Rubalcaba called for previous evictions to be included.
There have been nearly 400,000 evictions in Spain since a property bubble burst in 2008. Unemployment hit 25 percent in the third quarter, a record high and the European Commission expects the economy to contract 1.4 percent this year and next as the second recession since the end of 2009 drags on.
Last week, European Union Advocate General Juliane Kokott issued a non-binding report concluding that Spanish legislation on evictions contradicts European norms for protecting consumer rights. Europe’s highest court will now have to deliver an opinion.
Jose Miguel Domingo, a newsstand owner in Granada, in southern Spain, hung himself on October 25, before he was due to lose his home, local media reported.
The same week an unemployed man in Burjassot, a town in the eastern region of Valencia, threw himself off a balcony on the day his family was to be evicted from their apartment. Reports said the man survived the fall.
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