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Europe's workers stage austerity protests

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A protester is held by riot police during clashes in a general strike in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Spain's General Workers' Union said the nationwide stoppage, the second this year, was being observed by nearly all workers in the automobile, energy, shipbuilding and constructions industries.

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French people living in Greece shout slogans and hold a banner that reads in Greek and French: ''France Wake Up'' outside the Greek parliament during a protest in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region.

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Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region. However, while austerity-hit countries such as Spain and Portugal saw a high turnout of striking workers, wealthier countries like Germany and Denmark experienced only piecemeal action.
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    • A protester is held by riot police during clashes in a general strike in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Spain’s General Workers’ Union said the nationwide stoppage, the second this year, was being observed by nearly all workers in the automobile, energy, shipbuilding and constructions industries.
    • French people living in Greece shout slogans and hold a banner that reads in Greek and French: ‘’France Wake Up’’ outside the Greek parliament during a protest in Athens, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. Workers across the European Union sought to present a united front against rampant unemployment and government spending cuts Wednesday with a string of strikes and demonstrations across the region.
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