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Spanish students take to the streets in protest over education cuts

By Naila Missous, Barcelona 

Spanish students have taken to the streets of Barcelona to voice their opinions on what really matters to them: education spending cuts.

The only way you get people to listen is by making noise. You can’t sit there and whisper in the corner of a room amidst the sound of howling wolves and expect to be heard. And this was exactly the performance seen on the streets of Barcelona on February 29 during the protest. An array of chants (some more colourful than others) were reiterated over and over as students from Universities all over Barcelona vented their anger.

Graffiti remains following violent protests from Spanish students

Some protesters were found to have broken away from a peaceful rally, throwing rocks and other objects leading to a number of arrests. Some were agitators, some were angry and some were opportunists – all passionate enough to get up and protest.

Barcelona is not the only city to have risen up. Protests have also taken place in Madrid and Valencia, though no arrests or violence has been recorded.

Marta Navarro, a Biology student at the Universidad de Valencia said; “The situation in Spain only seems to get worse. We don’t want to take money away from education or health. Leave education in peace.”

Following through with national protests, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) have held their own internal protest at the University today, causing classes to be cancelled and even train routes halted to stop students from gaining easy access to the campus.

“The train didn’t stop at UAB like usual. I had to get off at Bellaterra, and came walking. There was no one in class at 08:45 when it was meant to start at 08.30” said Montserrat, a student of English at the Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres in UAB.

The usually packed hallways of UAB are deserted due to the protests

The minority of students and Professors wandering the vacant hall ways were greeted by mattress’ thrust across the floor and chairs piled up to block entrances.

The protests at the UAB seem to have fashioned calmly in comparison to yesterdays blazes. Nothing yet has occurred to suggest violence however authorities have been dispersed across neighbouring towns.

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