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Man rams car into headquarters of Spain's ruling party

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:07

Jobless Spaniard calling himself a ruined businessman rams car containing gas cylinders into headquarters of Spain's ruling party, triggering security alert. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Police in Madrid remove the car used in an attack that triggered a security alert. They say a 37-year-old unemployed Spaniard, describing himself as a ruined businessman, rammed the car into the headquarters of the ruling People's Party. There were two gas cylinders inside, as well as bags of industrial fertilizer. The driver was arrested, no one was injured, but bomb disposal units were called in as a precaution, and nearby metro stations were shut down. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JOSE ALVAREZ, MADRID RESIDENT, SAYING: "On the radio they said he was a desperate man, a poor man, he's crazy." Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy surveyed the damage at his party headquarters. Police say the driver wanted revenge against Spain's political policy. Opinion polls shows the nation's 25 percent jobless rate -- Europe's second-highest unemployment rate after only Greece -- is the number one concern for Spaniards. Nearly half of Spain's jobless have been out of work for more than two years... meaning they can no longer claim benefits and -- more and more of them -- are falling below the poverty line.

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Man rams car into headquarters of Spain's ruling party

Friday, December 19, 2014 - 01:07