Originally posted on aviewfromagreenfield:
The three ladies from Móstoles were by far the most passionate protesters I met on Friday. All three were funcionarios (government employees) who had come to La Plaza de Sol to express their discontent at the fresh wave of cuts that will reduce their salary dramatically and take away their current benefits.
Carmen, the lady pictured in green, told me she was a single mother with a 15 year old boy that she would not be able to support properly with the reduction in her salary. “I suddenly have to pay for everything” she complained, thrusting her glasses in my face. “Take these glasses, for example. Before the government paid 80% of my prescription but now they barely pay 20%. I am a working class woman who has given my life to this country, how can it be fair that people like me bear the brunt of the crisis?” She then went on to complain that it will soon be compulsory for Spanish teenagers to stay on an extra year at secondary school for which they all have to pay. “I cannot afford to do that,” she asserted. “How can we go on like this?”