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MADRID (Reuters) - The House of Representatives is shielded on Tuesday with more than a thousand police to what is expected in a massive protest against the cuts imposed by the Government and aims to encircle the lower house.
The austerity measures designed by the executive branch led by Mariano Rajoy to reduce by 65,000 billion the budget deficit for 2014 have caused numerous demonstrations-both spontaneous and organized - in Spain.
This Tuesdays event, called "Occupy Congress," is called by the coordinator 25-S, which includes many groups as part of the citizen movement as a unified "outraged" 15-M.
"Congress is inviolable and the deliberations of the members can not be interrupted or pressured by outside forces," Jesus Posadas,the president of the lower house, said on Monday to reporters , .
"I hope you have a situation where we can talk about normality," Posadas said noting that no orders had been given to special deputies for building access.
In the vicinity of Congress 1,300 police "in Madrid and beyond", said José María Benito, spokesman for the Unified Police Union (SUP) was quoted by Radio Nacional of Spain. The figure could not be confirmed by government officials.
Police set up a system of three filters in order to prevent access of demonstrators to anyone outside Congress, including (ID) registration.
The city of Madrid is being disrupted during the day due to citizen protest marches called "surrounding the Congress." At 12 am they start concentrations at two different points. The first is in the Plaza of Spain, while the second is in the gazebo of Charles V, in Atocha. There could be at first traffic complications, so security officers will be watching for any possible contingency.
After gathering all the people, it is expected that about 2 pm will begin a series of events including communal foods, where attendees will be informed of the role of these concentrations. Initially, these acts being performed in pedestrian areas. It will be at 5.30 pm when the demonstrations start moving, to Gran Vía, Callao, Sol, Cibeles and Neptune. About four hours later is scheduled in the Paseo del Prado,to hold a Permanent General Assembly , since this action was not authorized to take place opposite the Congress of Deputies.
Although all the marches and other acts are expected to be conducted in pedestrian areas, is practically a fact that they will affect traffic Madrid. In fact, this possibility, the EMT (Municipal Transport Company) announced that it will alter 33 bus lines between 17.30 and 22.00 on route
The operation will be "adequate" to meet any eventuality in a "situation that is expected to be complicated," said a spokesman for the central government representatives in Madrid, citing the company Cristina Cifuentes.
The protest in the House will start at 18.00, according to information provided by the 25-S movement in social networks, but will hold various events throughout the day.
Both the ruling Popular Party and the opposition Socialist Party rejected the call to fill the Congress, which would not be permited media coverage, the opposite happens with five other protests that will come from various parts of the Spanish capital to Congress.
The State Security Forces have begun to strengthen their presence in the main scene of the protest during Monday night.
Access to the Congress remains in police custody and measured by a fenced since July, when there were several public protests against austerity measures, which involved cuts to the pillars of state welfare such as health or education, reductions in the salaries of public workers and tax increases.
Eight activists who participated in the preparatory meetings for the march have been charged for an alleged crime "against the nation's top agencies."