Flag-waving Spanish workers livid over labor reforms they see as flagrantly pro-business blocked traffic Thursday, forming boisterous picket lines outside wholesale markets and bus garages, as part of a nationwide strike.
One of the strike's most noticeable effects was on public transportation, with unions guaranteeing only around 30 percent of normal service at rush hour times. The main airline, Iberia, canceled 65 percent of its flights. Spanish National TV showed footage of police in Madrid on horseback accompanying buses trying to leave a parking garage, and scuffling with a picketer.
Unions claimed massive participation in the 24-hour stoppage protesting the latest dose of bitter medicine the conservative government has prescribed to appease European Union overseers and jittery investors.