More than two thousand striking workers from the Spanish Chrysler car plant occupied a church in central Madrid on Friday (16 January).
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Background: More than two thousand striking workers from the Spanish Chrysler car plant occupied a church in central Madrid on Friday (16 January).
Riot police evicted the workers from the church and a bank after detaining more than 145 members of the Catholic Action Workers' Brotherhood during the night.
Rubbish piled up on the streets of Madrid as dustmen demanding more pay joined the labour unrest.
The government, after an emergency cabinet meeting on Thursday (15 January), said it would not be provoked by leftist agitators whom it blamed for Spain's worst labour crisis since General Franco died in November.
It opened the door to general elections next year in an apparent response to the opposition which has been lacing its economic grievances with demands for full democratic rights.
The 145 members of the Catholic Action Workers' Brotherhood were still being held at police security headquarters on Friday.
There also seems no end in sight to strikes among workers in banks, the telephone company and metal an car industries.