Spain economic crisis: Young, professional and jobless
There is now a new sight for visitors to Seville's enormous gothic cathedral - at the far end of the nave beneath a vast stained-glass window.As the music from morning mass drifts through loudspeakers, curious tourists pause and snap photographs.
But there is nothing religious about this sight: it's a sit-in protest by young teachers who say cuts in spending on education have cost them their jobs.
"We'll stay until this situation is resolved," insists Paula, laid-off after the local government changed the rules on hiring supply teachers. The protesters believe the motive was to save money.
So they have been here for more than seven weeks, protesting in shifts, behind metal barricades draped with banners explaining their cause in multiple languages.
"At the moment our future is very dark," complains Zeus, perched on a pile of mattresses.
He says about 1,000 teachers have been affected by the cuts.
"It's possible I'll have to get another job, maybe in a supermarket. I just don't know," he says.
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