Train strike: How workers are ‘celebrating’ centenary of Madrid’s Metro

Commuters faced crowded platforms and long delays on Madrid’s Metro system on Thursday as train drivers ‘downed tools’ in protest at working conditions.

Train strike: How workers are 'celebrating' centenary of Madrid's Metro
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The strike action was called on the same day that the Madrid Metro celebrated its 100th anniversary.


Authorities had announced that travellers could expect to find “surprise gifts” on Line 1 – the oldest of Madrid metro lines that was first opened on October 17 1919 – throughout the day.

They planned to celebrate the day with sweets for passengers and music performed at stations including Cuatro Caminos, Rios Rosas, Iglesias, Tribunal, Sol.

But instead passengers were forced to endure crowded platforms and long waits between services as the union approved a 24 strike.

Minimum services were in place between 6 am on Thursday until 2am on Friday morning with 58 percent of usual service required.

Train drivers have a range of complaints from breach of contract to lack of healthcare connected to asbestos poisoning.

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Madrid police end escaped camels’ night on the town

Eight camels and a llama took to the streets of Madrid overnight after escaping from a nearby circus, Spanish police said on Friday.

A camel in a zoo
A file photo of a camel in a zoo. Photo: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

It was not immediately clear how the long-legged runaways managed to get out but Quiros Circus, which owns them, blamed sabotage by animal rights activists.

They were spotted at around 5:00 am wandering around the southern district of Carabranchel close to where the circus is currently based.

“Various camels and a llama escaped from a circus in Madrid overnight,” Spain’s national police wrote on Twitter, sharing images of eight two-humped camels and a llama hanging around a street corner.

“Police found them and took care of them so they could be taken back safe and sound,” they tweeted.

There was no word on whether the rogue revellers, who are known for spitting, put up any resistance when the police moved in to detain them.

Mati Munoz, one of the circus’ managers, expressed relief the furry fugitives — Bactrian camels who have two humps and thick shaggy coats – had been safely caught.

“Nothing happened, thank God,” he told AFP, saying the circus had filed a complaint after discovering the electric fence around the animals’ enclosure had been cut.

“We think (their escape) was due to an act of sabotage by animal rights groups who protest every year.”

Bactrian camels (camelus bactrianus) come from the rocky deserts of central and eastern Asia and have an extraordinary ability to survive in extreme conditions.

These days, the vast majority of them are domesticated.