December 8th, 2011
03:33 PM GMT
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Esquivias, Spain (CNN) -– Just 40 minutes south of Madrid, right off the highway to Toledo, you can find the village of Esquivias, where Miguel de Cervantes married a local señorita in 1584 and - as lore has it - took inspiration from the colorful townsfolk for some of the characters in Don Quixote.

Four centuries later, this hillside hamlet continues to contribute to Spain’s rich culture, through a family-run Spanish classical guitar factory called Guitarras Manuel Rodriguez and Sons.

Now in its third generation, they’ve been hand-crafting guitars since 1905, but the guitar factory in Esquivias opened only 11 years ago.
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May 19th, 2011
02:06 AM GMT
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Madrid, Spain (CNN) - Protests against Spain's economic crisis took a new turn Wednesday as social media networks fueled calls for demonstrators to take to the streets before local elections a few days away.

Thousands returned late Tuesday to Madrid's central Puerta del Sol plaza - where the main protests began Sunday.

A few hundred demonstrators camped out there overnight, while similar but smaller protests were held in Barcelona and other Spanish cities, a protest organizer said.

"The economy and unemployment are key to the protest because that binds all of us together," said Jon Aguirre Such, a spokesman for the Real Democracy Now, one of many groups convening the demonstrations.

"In this crisis, while some have gotten rich, most people have less income," Aguirre said.

Demonstrators are protesting Spain's 21% unemployment rate and a record 4.9 million jobless.

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