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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


F-16 hit parked planes in Spain crash

Fire fighters are still tackling the blaze. Credit: EBU

Fire fighters are still tackling the huge blaze sparked after a fighter jet crashed, hitting other stationary planes at a Nato training base in Spain.

Ten people have been killed, 13 injured, seven seriously, the incident which has left several planes still ablaze.

Flames can seen coming from planes at the base. Credit: EBU
A huge plume of smoke from the fire at the Spanish base. Credit: EBU

Fighter plane crashed shortly after take off at Nato training base

A Greek fighter plane crashed, killing ten and injuring 13 people at a Nato training base in Spain.

The F-16 plane crashed shortly after taking off at the training centre in Albacete, 262 kilometres south-east of the Spanish capital of Madrid.

Albacete, Spain Credit: Google Maps

"The plane, part of the Tactical Leadership Programme of Nato was carrying out a (training) exercise when during the take-off the plane lost power, crashing into the parking area for planes, crashing into various planes that were parked there," said the defence ministry in a statement.

The defence ministry said firefighters were working to put out a fire at the base and the area had been cordoned off.


Two sets of brothers held over suspected Spain terror plot

The men were arrested in the north African enclave of Cueta. Credit: Google Maps

Two pairs of brothers have been arrested in Spain's North African enclave of Cueta suspected of belonging to a militant group that may have been planning an attack on the country.

Confirming the arrests, Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said the four men were "highly radicalised and highly trained".

He added that there were "many parallels" between the men and the two brothers that attacked the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Searches carried out alongside the arrests found combat gear and knives, El Mundo newspaper quoted Diaz as saying.

Police are investigating whether the four men had been planning an attack in Spain

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives appears in court

One of Britain's most wanted fugitives, who was allegedly involved in a £4 billion drugs plot, has appeared in court.

Paul John Scott, 32, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court by videolink from high-security HMP Wakefield where is being held.

Scott, from Liverpool, spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing.

Paul John Scott's arrest came two weeks after an appeal for help capturing him was made on BBC's Crimewatch. Credit: National Crime Agency/Steve Ivie/YouTube

He is charged with conspiracy to import cocaine but was not asked to enter a plea and a provisional trial date was set for 15th June.

Scott was arrested after he returned to Britain from the Netherlands in December. He was also being sought by the Guardia Civil in Spain in connection with the murder of a British national.

The reportedly tortured body of Francis Brennan, 25, from Liverpool, who was on the run in Spain, washed up on the beach in Alicante last April after he was allegedly kidnapped by men posing as police officers.

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