Spaniards March on May Day in Second Protest in Three Days

Spaniards marched in Madrid and Barcelona in the second protest against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s spending cuts and labor rules in three days.

In Barcelona, about 16,000 people took part in the traditional May Day demonstration, said a police official in the city who declined to be named. Officials in Madrid declined to estimate how many people took part. Thousands protested against spending cuts in 55 cities across Spain on April 29.

Rajoy came to power in December after winning the biggest majority any Spanish party has secured since 1982. He has pushed through a labor overhaul that reduces firing costs and trimmed spending on health and education.

Support for his People’s Party fell 8 percentage points in the month through mid-April to 38 percent, according to an opinion poll published by El Pais on April 15.

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