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Protesters to Government: 'Save Spanish Science'

Juan A. Jiménez

Spanish researchers arrived at a closed gate at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Madrid this afternoon, where they had wanted to deliver a clear message to their government: Save Spanish science. Their march was one of 19 protests in cities across Spain against recent cuts in research budgets and delays in allocating government money. Protesters carried a 10-point wish list, signed by 45,000 supporters, that includes increasing national spending for research to 2% of the gross domestic product by 2016, improving opportunities for young researchers, and creating an independent funding agency.

The demonstrators wanted to deliver their petition at the ministry, which is responsible for science; when reporters weren't allowed to accompany them inside, they taped it to the gate instead.

*Correction, 2:10 p.m., 18 June: The protesters' wish list includes increasing national spending, not just public spending, for research. This has been corrected.