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Old 16th May 2011, 08:06 PM
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The discontented Spanish are taking to the streets and demonstrating asking for

... la vivienda, el trabajo, la cultura, la salud, la educación, la participación política, el libre desarrollo personal y derecho al consumo de los bienes necesarios para una vida sana y feliz".

...housing, work, culture, health, education, political participation, free personal development and the right to consume basic commodities deemed necessary for a healthy, happy life

...gritos de "esta crisis no la pagamos", "no más corrupción, pasamos a la acción", "manos arriba, esto es un atraco", "PSOE-PP la misma mierda es"

There were shouts of "we're not paying for this crisis" "No more corruption. Let's get into action" "Hands up. This is a hold up" "PSOE - PP. It's all the same ****"

I saw a sign that said "NO hay pan para tanto chorizo" There's not enough bread for all this chorizo. Chorizo has a double meaning - the chorizo that you eat, and a petty thief...
Miles de ciudadanos "sin casa, sin curro y sin miedo" exigen "un futuro digno" · ELPAÍS.com
Too little action too late, I fear, but this could really take off.

I didn't know anything about it as the protest was called on Twitter and Facebook...

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Good article - about time some people stood up!

I like the phrase about the "chorizos"!

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It's really sad for the young people who are desperate for work and whose only option seems to be leave the country, despite their high level of education. The government allow 10's of thousands of unemployed to study their lives away in the hope of getting civil servant job (oposiciones) which are probably already given to someone's nephew or niece.

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Our three trips to Madrid we saw organized protests every day. To organized if you ask me but it sure appears to keep a bunch of police employed...Maybe if they kept open more than seven hours a day then not only would productivity go up but there would be more jobs. Today for example when things were supposed to 're-open' they were closed. I'm sorry but I don't get the famous 3-4 hour mid-day break especially in cities full of tourists with money to spend, yes Germany can afford it...but nobody else can...

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Our three trips to Madrid we saw organized protests every day. To organized if you ask me but it sure appears to keep a bunch of police employed...Maybe if they kept open more than seven hours a day then not only would productivity go up but there would be more jobs. Today for example when things were supposed to 're-open' they were closed. I'm sorry but I don't get the famous 3-4 hour mid-day break especially in cities full of tourists with money to spend, yes Germany can afford it...but nobody else can...
There ain't any 3-4 hour mid-day breaks in Germany.
And they sure couldn't afford it.

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Our three trips to Madrid we saw organized protests every day. To organized if you ask me but it sure appears to keep a bunch of police employed...Maybe if they kept open more than seven hours a day then not only would productivity go up but there would be more jobs. Today for example when things were supposed to 're-open' they were closed. I'm sorry but I don't get the famous 3-4 hour mid-day break especially in cities full of tourists with money to spend, yes Germany can afford it...but nobody else can...
Madrid is the capital city. There are demonstrations every 5 minutes. The fire officers, the ecologists, the students, the unions - they have all been out on the streets recently. It's what happens in capital cities in europe.

The famous 3 - 4 hour break still take place in some shops, but most are, if not all, are open more than 7 hours. Being open more hours doesn't mean that they make more money. In fact they make less 'cos they have to pay out more in wages.

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Good article - about time some people stood up!

I like the phrase about the "chorizos"!
I LOVED the chorizo phrase!!

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3-4 hours would be exceptional and German businesses close two or three hours earlier. That being said, somewhere like Barcelona I would expect businesses affected by tourism to stay open.

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I thougth that the 3 or 4 hours miday break was a thing of the past in Spain. Las few years I have been there most business skipped the break all together, and lets not forget that most shops close much later at night than in other european cities, including german cities.
I also disagree about more jobs being created by streeching business hours. Instead, those already employed would be required to work longer and in no way it would affect productivity. There are several studies that argue that productivity isn't directly proportional to the number of hours worked.

About the No hay pan para tanto chorizo Couldn't have said it better myself!

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I thougth that the 3 or 4 hours miday break was a thing of the past in Spain. Las few years I have been there most business skipped the break all together, and lets not forget that most shops close much later at night than in other european cities, including german cities.
I also disagree about more jobs being created by streeching business hours. Instead, those already employed would be required to work longer and in no way it would affect productivity. There are several studies that argue that productivity isn't directly proportional to the number of hours worked.

About the No hay pan para tanto chorizo Couldn't have said it better myself!
They are not a thing in the past in the cities I've been to. Major shopping centers stay open but I'd question more importantly the office professionals. Do they not return home for a few hours duing the work day?

Nor do I agree that the number of hours worked is not in some way related to productivity. I'm sure there are studies that take both sides of the question. Coming from (the last time I checked) the most productive country in the world...and having seen the living style of 'some' in Spain...

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