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Spanish medical workers protest health privatization

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A demonstrator takes part in a National health workers march Monday during the first major demonstration of the year in Madrid. The demonstration was against government-imposed austerity measures and labor reforms in the public health care sector in Madrid. The word painted on her face reads 'Health.'

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Thousands of Spanish medical workers and residents are marching through downtown Madrid to protest against government budget cuts and plans to partly privatize their cherished national health service. The protesters walked Monday behind a large banner saying, "Health care is not to be sold, it's to be defended."
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