Cutting deep: Thousands of angry students take to the streets across Spain (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Those in attendance chanted, "Bankers' money to public schools!" as they marched through the streets of Spain’s capital, Madrid. Their rally cry is a reference to the billions of euros that the government has given Spain's ailing banks, even as it cuts social spending.
Many wore the green T-shirts that have become a symbol of their movement against the budget cuts.
3,000 students also marched through the streets of Barcelona, according to the local police. Thousands more protested in Valencia and other cities.
Since 2010, some $6.5 billion has been cut from education funding in Spain.
Tens of thousands of teaching jobs have been cut, class sizes have increased, and there have been dramatic increases in tuition fees.
Scholarships, subsidies for textbooks and school dinners have disappeared, and other support grants have been cancelled.
Students hold a placard reading "We want you out Rajoy Scissorhands" during a protest against government's austerity reforms and cuts on October 17, 2012 in Sevilla. (AFP Photo/Cristina Quicler)
Drama high-school students dressed as clowns hold a coffin and a cut out of Spain's Education Minister Jose Ignacio Wert during a protest on the second day of a three-day nationwide student strike against education cuts in Madrid October 17, 2012. (Reuters/Susana Vera)
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