Madrid, May 20 (EFE).- A thousand people demonstrated this Saturday in Madrid to defend quality public services that guarantee the social rights of Madrid residents.
The march has been called by almost twenty groups and associations, among them, the Madrid Green Tide Assembly, CGT-MCLMEX, CONFAPA, the coordinators of Madrid Neighborhoods and Towns in defense of public health, Madrid Housing (PAH ), that of public employees in fraud of the law, the Tide of residences, the Platform of health centers or the SAR Platform.
During the demonstration, which started from the Plaza de España and ended in Cibeles, the protesters have demanded, among others, the right to adequate housing, education, health, a public pension system, public transport or professional care in institutions and at home.
In statements to EFE, a spokesperson for the Mareas de Residencias Association has called for an investigation into what happened in the residences during the pandemic, which, according to that organization, cost the lives of more than 7,200 people. They have also demanded quality public residences.
Also, from the Padme Pública Association (Professionals of Attention to Diversity of Madrid and Public Education) they have asked for public and quality educational services, since, as they have denounced, each year they are more deteriorated.
In this sense, they have requested reductions in student ratios in schools, better attention to diversity, an increase in classrooms in public centers and freedom in educational choice.
Before the start of the march, in statements to the media, the Secretary of State for Equality, Ángela Rodríguez, has assured that it is essential to defend public services, and has highlighted the importance of protecting them when talking about care Women’s.
“On many occasions, when these public services have been deteriorating, normally the work that had to be assumed by public administrations is assumed by women,” said Rodríguez, for whom “strengthening these services is the only way to ensure that women do not have to assume these jobs alone”.