By Emily Batty-Olivera
IN the run up to Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in Spain later today, fierce protesters have emerged, incensed by the overt censorship and high cost of the event during Spain’s economic fragility.
Secular protestors have voiced their fury over the tyrannical presence of censorship with officials preventing online communication.
While many opponents to the church have criticised the vast amount of money being spent – some say as much as 50 million euros – during a time of high unemployment.
It has been argued that the six-day event to celebrate World Youth Day, is likely to be a financial strain, with lower transport fares, the deployment of police, high cleaning costs, and the use of public buildings, all elements that are predicted to drain the economy.
However government spokesman Jose Blanco, claims that the 1.5 million pilgrims expected to come for the event shall generate 100 million euros for Spain’s economy.
Meanwhile a 24-year-old Mexican, who volunteered for the World Youth day celebrations, has been accused of plotting a gas attack on those who protested against the pope.
He is due to appear in court today.