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European cities hit by anti-austerity protests

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tens of thousands of protesters from around Europe have been marching across Brussels in a protest against spending cuts by some EU governments.

Other protests against austerity measures are being held in Greece, Italy, the Irish Republic and Latvia.

A general strike is also taking place in Spain, hitting transport and other public services.

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Trade unions say EU workers may become the biggest victims of a financial crisis set off by bankers and traders.

Many governments across the 27-member bloc have imposed punishing cuts in wages, pensions and employment to deal with spiralling debts.

In Greece and the Irish Republic, unemployment figures are at their highest level in 10 years, while Spain’s unemployment has doubled in just three years.

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This article was posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 8:19 am





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