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Thousands march in Madrid ahead of election

Tens of thousands of people have flooded the centre of Madrid in a rally for the far-left party Podemos, a party formed just a year ago which is currently topping opinion polls in the run up to local, regional and national elections this year.

People are fed up with the political class

– Pensioner, speaking to Reuters
Central Madrid has been flooded with tens of thousands of anti-austerity protests. Credit: Reuters

Last week, Alexis Tsipras swept into victory on a wave of anti-austerity anger in Greece. He said he hoped voters across Europe would be inspired by Greece to break the "vicious cycle of austerity". Speaking shortly after his election he said:

First we talk Athens, then we take Madrid.

– Alexis Tsipras


Thousands of anti-austerity protesters rally in Madrid

Tens of thousands of people turned out to take part in a march organised by Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos today.

Chanting "yes we can" and "tic tac tic tac" the gathered protesters were supporting Podemos' call for political change in light of the country's struggling economy.

The Podemos march Credit: Reuters
The crowds were calling for political change Credit: Reuters

Shepherds drive thousands of sheep through Madrid

More than 2,000 sheep meandered through central Madrid today as shepherds made use of their ancient grazing and droving rights.

The shepherds have to move their livestock from the mountainous areas, which will soon be under snow, to winter grazing grounds in southern Spain.

The so-called La Transhumancia migration route passes along Madrid's Alcala Street by the famous landmark Cibeles Fountain.

Madrid used to be a rural hamlet and for over 800 years farmers have being droving their animals along a route that now lies through the capital city.

Reports: Flight quarantined in Madrid over Ebola fears

An Air France flight has been quarantined at Madrid's Barajas airport following concerns that a passenger may have Ebola, according to Spanish media reports.

The plane was reportedly flying from Paris to Madrid, and landed in the Spanish capital at 11:30 local time (10:30 UK time) this morning.

Neither the airport nor Air France have confirmed the media reports.

Hundreds protest over killing of 'Ebola-infected' dog

Hundreds of Spanish protesters took to the streets of Madrid again today to show their outrage at the killing of a dog thought to be infected with Ebola.

A placard is hung on a dog reading 'Excalibur, we won't forget nor forgive' Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

The Labrador-type breed, named Excalibur, belonged to a Spanish nurse who is believed to be the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa.

Two dogs wear T-shirts reading 'I'm also Excalibur' Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Teresa Romero Ramos' husband, Javier, is being held in quarantine at a hospital in Madrid along with 15 others to check for signs of the virus.

Javier previously released a video urging authorities not to euthanise their dog.

Hundreds of people protesting against the killing of a dog believed to have Ebola Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas


Austerity government cuts fuel protests in Madrid

Anti-austerity protesters gathered in Madrid on Saturday with banners against the Spanish Government's cuts to public health and education.

Demonstrators march with banners during a protest against public health and education cuts in Madrid. Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas
Protesters take to the streets of the Spanish capital. Credit: REUTERS/Andrea Comas

Eyewitness claims Madrid police attacked Man City fans with batons

Manchester City's matchday presenter Natalie Pike, in Madrid with the club for their Champions League game, claims Spanish police 'battered' English fans who were "doing nothing but singing and having fun".

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