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Thousands demonstrate against poverty in Madrid
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10:07, October 22, 2007

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Thousands of Spaniards took to the streets of the capital Madrid on Sunday to join a march called by the Spanish Anti-Poverty Alliance to mark the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The demonstration, with the theme of "Rebal against poverty: more action, less words," is to "remind people that there are still millions of people living in extreme poverty," and calls for politicians "to move from promises and timid steps forward to more radical action," said Pilar Orenes, vice-president of the Alliance, which brings together 1,000 non-governmental organizations.

Orenes urged the cancellation of foreign debt and the improvement of official assistance to development in both quality and quantity so as to ensure trade relations between rich and poor nations are not unfairly skewed towards the rich.

"We are calling for coherent and committed measures by our government: raising aid investment to 0.7 percent of the Gross Domestic Product as soon as possible, and dedicating it exclusively to projects that fight poverty and inequality," the Alliance's manifesto read.

Source:Xinhua



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