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Thousands flock to anti-austerity 'dignity march' in Madrid

A man holds a an image of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy crucified on a cross as thousands of demonstrators gather on Plaza Colon to protest against austerity, March 21, 2015, in MadridThousands of people took part in a “march for dignity” in Madrid on Saturday to protest against austerity measures on the eve of a closely-watched regional election in southern Spain. Sunday’s vote in Andalusia, one of the poorest parts of the country, is seen as a test of the national mood ahead of Spain’s most unpredictable general election in decades. “Bread, work, a roof and dignity” read a large banner as a group of demonstrators made their way through one of the richer areas of the capital before joining up with other protesters at the Plaza de Colon square. Spain saw growth of 1.4 percent in 2014 but after an economic crisis that lasted six years, the economy remains battered with an unemployment rate of 23.7 percent.

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