Thousands of striking taxi drivers protest in central Madrid

admin   •   January 29, 2019   •   1861

Thousands of protesters at Sol Square in Madrid, Spain seen from top shot on January 28, 2019 | Reuters

Thousands of Madrid taxi drivers staged a protest on Monday (January 28) at Sol Square in central Madrid against the online ride-hailing sector, including companies like Uber and Cabify which they say ignore regulations and pose unfair competition.

The protest joined by taxi drivers from across Spain and Portugal ended a day of demonstrations that started with the blockage of Madrid’s most iconic avenue earlier in the day.

Spain’s government agreed to pass new regulations in September guaranteeing a cap on licences for Uber and similar services at a ratio of just one permit for every 30 taxi permits.

The regulation also permitted Spanish regions to adopt their own restrictions on the services as they see fit.

But taxi workers demand further restrictions such a law that would force customers of ride-hailing services to order transport an hour beforehand.

Taxi drivers have been on strike since Monday (January 21). — Reuters

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Spain exhumes former President Franco’s remains

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2019

Cries of “long live Franco!” accompanied the coffin of Francisco Franco on Thursday (October 24) as Spain removed the remains of its former dictator from the state mausoleum where he was buried in 1975.

His exhumation and reburial is the most significant move in years by Spanish authorities to lay the ghost of the general whose legacy still divides the country he dominated for nearly four decades.

The ruling Socialist Party, which faces a national election next month, has long sought to move Franco’s remains from the huge monument, built on his orders and containing the remains of combatants from both sides of the 1936-39 civil war.

As crowds of media and onlookers gathered outside, Franco’s coffin was extracted from its tomb in the Valley of the Fallen in a ceremony witnessed only by relatives and a small group of officials.

The coffin was carried to a waiting hearse and then transferred to a helicopter for the short fight to a private family vault in the Mingorrubio cemetery north of Madrid, where Franco will be reburied next to his wife. (Reuters)

Police, protesters clash in Barcelona as tens of thousands take to the streets

Jeck Deocampo   •   October 17, 2019

Riot police form a line at the Via Laietana during a protest against the sentence ruled by Supreme Court on ‘proces’ trial’ in Barcelona, Spain, 14 October 2019.   EPA-EFE/ENRIC FONTCUBERTA

Catalan pro-independence demonstrators clashed with riot police in the center of Barcelona on Tuesday (October 15) in the second day of protests over Monday’s (October 14) jailing of nine separatists by the Supreme Court over their role in a failed secession bid.

Police charged on protesters when they tried to kick down security fences around Spanish government buildings in the region and hurled cans and flares at the police. Some were seen tackled to the ground.

Large fires filled central streets of the Catalan capital with smoke after protesters knocked over rubbish containers, setting the contents alight.

Barcelona’s urban police estimated 40,000 people joined the demonstration, Spanish broadcast TVE reported. (REUTERS)

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Elderly couple killed as torrential rains sweep away cars in Spain

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 13, 2019

An elderly couple died on Thursday (September 12) when floodwaters caused by torrential rain dragged their car and flipped it over in eastern Spain, local emergency services said.

The victims, both aged 70, were killed in the region of Castilla La Mancha, the 112 service said on Twitter. In the neighbouring Valencia region, at least two rivers burst their banks, forcing the evacuation of dozens of people.

The Clariano river flooded parts of Ontinyent, south of the coastal town of Valencia, while television footage showed a deluge tumbling through the streets of nearby Mogente, sweeping debris along with it.

Schools in Valencia and the Murcia region suspended classes, expecting the heavy rains to continue. Local authorities recommended people stay in their homes in the worst affected areas, where the weather interrupted traffic on roads and railways and at ports. (REUTERS)

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