Teachers and Students protesting in Spain this Week Teachers and students have been demonstrating and striking against education cuts across southern Europe this week Thousands of teachers and students marched in Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. The Popular Party - the Spanish conservative party - which is expected to win the coming general election has pledged to make dep cuts in education spending. The protestors shouted 'Public Yes! Private No!' and 'Edcuation is not for Sale'. This is the latest of a series of strikes and demonstrations by Spanish teachers, particularly in Madrid, against education cuts (see previous posts) In Italy teachers were on strike on Thursday and in both Greece and Italy, protestors were on the streets against the 'technocratic' governments, which have been imposed by the troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.  The undemocratically imposed governments are pledged to carry out the will of the troika by instituting further deep budget cuts - not least in education. In both countries there has been an ongoing struggle against education cuts over the last few years - including school closures, loss of thousands of teachers jobs and even lack of textbooks and teaching materials. A recent post on this site described Greek school students occupying their schools and throwing CDs,  which had been given them in place of books, at the parliament building. In Italy, protestors carried banners saying 'Save the Schools not the Banks!' An Associated Press report makes it clear that it is the bankers who are calling the shots in Italy. It reports: "Raj Badani, an analyst at IHS Global Insight, said markets will want to see that Monti is able to get consensus for tricky issues like pension and labor market reforms, including making it easier to fire unproductive workers and reforming the collective bargaining system. 'If there is a lot of opposition from trade unions and Parliament, then there is worry that some of these more important reform measures could be watered down or abandoned,' Badani said."