#1F Barcelona: 19H Placa Catalunya – 19.30 Placa Sant Jaume
Tonight all over Spain, people will return to the squares and placas of the country, to demand the resignation of president Rajoy and all the rest of his party involved in a huge corruption scandal, that broke yesterday:
Mariano Rajoy’s government reeling from claims that he received €250,000 in money that had been hidden from tax authorities
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy‘s government was rocked by a major corruption scandal on Thursday after the publication of documents that allegedly showed him receiving €250,000 that had been hidden from tax authorities.
Rajoy denied the allegations after El País published extracts from what it said were secret accounts for his People’s party (PP). But opponents called for his resignation and ordinary Spaniards asked whether those now imposing spending cuts and tax rises in the middle of a painful recession had previously indulged in, or tolerated, systematic tax avoidance.
Video: Euronews: Spanish protesters call for Rajoy resignation as corruption scandal closes in
Links: English: Spain’s Premier Is Drawn Into a Widening Graft Scandal Gripping His Party (New York Times) | Rajoy drawn into corruption scandal (Financial Times) | Spanish prime minister Rajoy accused of hiding secret income (Guardian) | Top Popular Party officials shown to receive payments on the side (El Pais) | Most of donations in Bárcenas’ secret ledgers exceeded legal limits (El Pais) | #BÁRCENAS – SPANISH PEOPLE PROTEST AGAINST GOVERMENT CORRUPTION – 31:JAN:2013
(vid) Spanish or Catalan: El quiosco emplaza a Rajoy y al PP a aclarar las donaciones y los pagos ocultos que desvela Bárcenas | UN MILLÓN DE FIRMAS POR LA DIMISIÓN DE LA CÚPULA DEL PP #lospapelesdeBárcenas #quesevayantodos | La fiscalia es planteja cridar a declarar la cúpula del PP | El ‘caso Bárcenas’ hiere de gravedad al Gobierno de Rajoy | Cientos de españoles repudian la corrupción ante la sede del PP en Madrid (vid) TWITTER:
#LosPapelesDeBárcenas | #AcampadaDestituyente | #RajoyDimision
Story is main news around the world, via TWEET
MADRID — Just as Spain’s financial troubles seemed to be diminishing, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has become engulfed in a widening corruption scandal involving payments to the leaders of his Popular Party.
On Thursday, El País, Spain’s leading newspaper, published what it said were excerpts from the party’s financial accounts that showed regular payouts to leading party members above their official salaries. Mr. Rajoy first appeared in the ledgers in 1997 and received sums averaging $34,000 a year through 2008, the newspaper said. The money, it said, came from “donations” from companies, particularly construction companies…
Spain’s prime minister has become embroiled in a growing scandal over secret cash payments to ruling party politicians after a newspaper published what it claimed to be accounts showing payments reaching as high as Mariano Rajoy himself.
The Popular party on Thursday again firmly denied that its leaders, including Mr Rajoy, received improper cash payments funded from donations from construction companies, as flames from the corruption allegations licked at the feet of some of its most senior figures.
A recent poll by Metroscopia showed that 96 percent of Spaniards believe corruption is widespread in politics in Spain, after dozens of cases emerged in recent years, most notably an ongoing judicial investigation into alleged embezzlement of public funds by King Juan Carlos’ son-in-law.
“This does not help to calm down the difficult moments that we are going through, economically, politically and the climate on the street. This is a time for maximum transparency,” Jose Antonio Monago, the president of the region of Extremadura, told reporters at a news conference unrelated to the party scandal.
Last night in Madrid, massive crowds blocked by riot police outside PP offices
#1F Barcelona: 19H Placa Catalunya – 19.30 Placa Sant Jaume : We return to the squares
#1F Cartelón de #AcampadaStJaume #Barcelona ¡Tornem a les places! #volvemos31e https://t.co/IVA8FsRu (TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BlancaMundele/status/297142161856659457 )
Barcelona activist groups: NO HAY PAN PARA TANTO CHORIZO – Indignados Barcelona – Spanish Revolution – Movimiento 15M – iaioflautas – Take the Square – Acampadabcn – Universitat Indignada 15M – Democracia real YA
Were camping en Placa Sant Jaume, we need your help:
#BÁRCENAS – SPANISH PEOPLE PROTEST AGAINST GOVERMENT CORRUPTION – 31:JAN:2013
WHAT ARE THE PAPERS SAYING IN SPAIN?
Front page from Thursdays papers to break the story: EL PAIS: Los papeles secretos de Bárcenas
Front pages from todays papers via EL PERIODICO: El quiosco emplaza a Rajoy y al PP a aclarar las donaciones y los pagos ocultos que desvela Bárcenas
Adeu Rajoy (Bye Bye Rajoy)