Hundreds of thousands of women and their supporters across Spain turned out for marches and rallies linked to Friday’s 8m Huelga Feminista (‘Feminist Strike’) on the occasion of the annual worldwide celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March.
Spokespersons for Spain’s CCOO and UGT labour federations said that 70 percent of their membership participated in two-hour work stoppages in public- and private-sector workplaces nationwide in support of two of the key demands of this year’s 8M mobilization, which were equal pay for men and women in the workforce and end to violence against women.
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Official government figures placed the number of participants at 350,000-375,000 in a march throughout downtown Madrid on Friday evening. In Barcelona, the Guardia Urbana metropolitan police force said 220,000 marched in Span’s second largest city, while police in Valencia put the number of participants in a city-centre march at 100,000 and the Policia Nacional in Sevilla officially estimated the number of marchers in that city at 50,000.
Organizers of the 8M marches and rallies placed much higher numbers on participation at each march, with a spokeswoman for the Madrid march claiming as many as 1 million participated in the march in Spain’s capital city.
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