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Spain: Austerity, Indignados And An Ill-Timed Cigar

EL PAIS (Spain), CLARIN (Argentina), REUTERS


MADRID - The showdown over Spain's tottering economy continued Thursday, as embattled Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy unveiled a 13-billion euro package of austerity measures.

After a six-hour cabinet meeting, Rajoy's government emerged with details of the budget for 2013, which appeared as a last ditch attempt to avoid a bailout, Reuters reported.

Facing one of the largest deficits in the beleagured euro zone, Spain will slash its ministry budgets by 8.9 percent and freeze public-sector wages for a third consecutive year.

Tensions remained high following Tuesday’s violent clashes between police and anti-austerity protestors, who tried to surround the Congress building in Madrid in opposition against looming budget cuts.

Spanish authorities have taken a hard-line approach with the protestors, dozens of whom were bloodied and beaten this week during clashes with riot police. Government officials congratulated police for their handling of the situation. Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Días blamed “extremely violent” demonstrators for the clashes.

Protestors shot back, accusing the government of a clear case of police repression. Lashing out at what they describe as the “repressive agents of the regime,” members of a protest group called Plataforma En Pie said the police crack down was “unjustified” and caused “many injuries, including to a man in serious condition.”

Speaking Wednesday from New York, where he is participating in the UN General Assembly, Spanish President Mariano Rajoy criticized the “indignados,” as the protestors have been dubbed, and praised the quiet “majority of Spaniards who don’t protest, who don’t end up on the front pages of the newspapers,” El Pais reported.

But sure to raise tensions was Rajoy himself very much on the front page of the papers. The conservative leader, who has a reputation for high-end tastes, was immortalized enjoying a cigar on New York's Sixth Avenue just as his government prepared to unveil the harsh austerity measures.

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Pasta v. Fascists: How Italy's Staple Dish Became A Symbol Of Resistance

Pasta may not be considered controversial today, but it played an important role during Italy's fascist years, particularly in one family's celebration of community and liberation.

Photo of the Cervi family.

Photo of the Cervi family, whose seven children were shot by the Fascists on December 28, 1943, at the Reggio Emilia shooting range.

@comunisti_alla_ribalta via Instagram
Jacopo Fontaneto

ROME — Eighty years ago — on July 25, 1943 — the vote of no confidence by the Grand Council of Fascism, leading to Benito Mussolini's arrest, set off widespread celebrations. In Campegine, a small village in the Emilian province, the Cervi family celebrated in their own way: they brought 380 kilograms of pasta in milk cans to the town square and offered it to all the inhabitants of the village.

The pasta was strictly plain: macaroni dressed with butter and cheese, seen as more of a "festive dish" in that period of deprivation. As soon as the Cervi brothers learned about the arrest of Mussolini, they procured flour, borrowed butter and cheese from the dairy, and prepared kilos and kilos of pasta. They then loaded it onto a cart to distribute it to their fellow villagers. Pastasciutta (dry pasta) specifically regards dishes with noodles that are plated "dry", not in broth. That would disqualify soup, risotto, ravioli...

Even though pastasciutta is the most stereotypical type of pasta today, it had a complicated relationship with the government during Italy's fascist years.

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