Activists took to the streets in protest at the EU-Canada free trade deal
The deal, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), has angered Spaniards who believe that the government has sold them out.
But supporters of CETA say the deal is designed to “create new opportunities for EU companies” by reducing tariffs and boosting trade and investment.
It could be set to increase Canadian-EU trade by 20 per cent and boost the EU economy by €12billion (£10billion) a year and Canada's by $12billion (£6.9billion).
However, Spanish protesters are not convinced of its positive affect on their country.
They fear that it will harm the environment, labour and consumer standards, resulting in a loss of jobs.
One of the protestors in Madrid told Raptly video Agency: “We are here because we want to stop CETA. CETA is a trade deal that is against democracy, against people, against the rights of the working class, and we don’t want the Spanish government to ratify it.”
Farmers came with their tractors to protest against CETA over fears of job losses
Hoards of demonstrators held placards reading “Democracy and public services are not sold but defended” and “against Europe of inequalities”.
Many others held signs against CETA and farmers came with their tractors to protest. The march began in Madrid’s largest railway station Atocha and proceeded to the Congress of Deputies.
Spanish protesters are not convinced of its positive affect on their country
The congress will be where a vote is held on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement later this month.
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Following seven years of negotiations, the bloc voted in favour of CETA in February, despite sweeping protests across European cities.
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