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Sev
05-23-2011, 06:26 AM
First Canada. Now Spain.
A foreshadow of 2012?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13496038

<span style="color: #000000">Spain's governing Socialist party has suffered heavy losses in local and regional elections.

With municipal votes counted, the centre-right Popular Party (PP) had a 10-percentage point lead, winning in virtually all 13 regions up for grabs.

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero conceded defeat but ruled out early general elections.

Voting took place amid mass protests against high unemployment and the government's handling of the economy.

Young demonstrators holding sit-ins in Madrid and other cities said rallies would continue for another week.

Mr Zapatero said three years of economic crisis had taken their toll.

"It destroyed thousands of jobs. It is a crisis that had profound effects on citizens' morale. I know that many Spaniards suffer great hardship and fear for their futures," he said.
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<span style="color: #000066">At the scene
image of Sarah Rainsford Sarah Rainsford BBC News, Madrid

There was a street party outside the headquarters of Spain's main opposition party as thousands celebrated a historic victory over the Socialists.

Waving flags and dancing, the crowd called for Prime Minister Zapatero to resign, after the Popular Party (PP) beat his party by a full 10 points in the municipal vote. The PP has taken control of several key Socialist strongholds, including the city of Seville, in what's seen as a dress rehearsal for the general election next year.
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Mr Zapatero has conceded what he called a major setback, describing the vote as an understandable expression of discontent with an economic crisis that's destroyed some two million jobs here.

The scale of that discontent had already become clear in the past week as thousands of young Spaniards created a vast protest camp in the heart of the capital. They have vowed to stay sleeping out in Puerta del Sol - for another week at least.

"Today, without doubt, they expressed their discontent," he added.

However, he vowed to pursue job-creating reforms until the end of his mandate. At this point, a general election must be held by March of next year.
Bastions fall

Jubilant PP supporters celebrated outside their party headquarters in Madrid as the final votes were being counted.

The party headed to victory in virtually all 13 regional governments up for grabs, including Castilla-La Mancha where the Socialists have always held power.

In municipal elections, the PP won by about two million votes, compared to its victory margin of 150,000 in 2007.

The Socialist party also lost bastions such as the town halls in Barcelona and Seville.

Prime Minister Zapatero's government has been struggling to overcome recession and create jobs.

Spain's overall jobless rate soared to 21% in the first quarter of this year, the highest in the industrialised world. Youth unemployment stands at 45%.

Meanwhile, thousands of young protesters remain camped out in squares across the country.

What began as a sit-in in Madrid's central Puerta del Sol square a week ago has turned into a national protest movement popularly known as 15-M.
Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Prime Minister Zapatero says voters expressed their discontent at Spain's economic hardship

About 30,000 people were estimated to have occupied the central square in the run-up to the vote.

The protests, which have also taken place in cities including Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Bilbao, have so far been peaceful.

Demonstrators defied a government ban on political protests on the eve of the election.

On Sunday, protesters in Puerta del Sol voted to stay in the square until at least 29 May.

"Our zeal to press on is at maximum level," said spokesman Francisco Minarro, 32.</span>

LWW
05-23-2011, 03:41 PM
Communism/socialism/fascism/statism is on the run worldwide.

pooltchr
05-23-2011, 03:50 PM
And yet, according to one resident self-proclaimed expert, the statists are anticipating huge victories over the conservatives in 2012.

Maybe you must suffer under statism before you can really appreciate how good the alternative is!

Or, maybe she is just wrong!


Steve

cushioncrawler
05-23-2011, 05:03 PM
What will/would the Popular Party do to fix things in Spain??????
Will they make things better?????
Where will the spaniels be in 4 years time?????
mac.

Perky
05-23-2011, 06:07 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">As posted by: The Weenie

Communism/socialism/fascism/statism is on the run worldwide. </div></div>
But not nearly as much on the run as is The Weenie and all the sub-weenies... from wagers and claims they pathetically attempt to make about the inevitable results for 2012 election.

Suck it up Weenies... /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif 5<span style='font-size: 8pt'>1/2</span> more years /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

<span style='font-size: 20pt'>Put up or shut up ... Weenies!!</span>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif Hardly a surprise to me that you still haven't been able to get it up /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif

Weenies lives in a world of weenie-poop...

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>(but you already knew that)</span>

...it is hardly surprising since...
Weenie’s political opinions are weenie-poop
...their logic is weenie-poop
...their level of integrity is weenie poop
...they're blinded by weenie-poop

LWW
05-24-2011, 02:39 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

Maybe you must suffer under statism before you can really appreciate how good the alternative is!

Steve </div></div>

Quite true.

Sev
05-24-2011, 06:08 AM
Well when they start frog marching us into FEMA camps I am sure they will claim its for our own good.