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No austerity please! Protests shut down Europe

Last updated on: November 14, 2012 16:41 IST

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Streets remained deserted and garbage cans overflowed as workers across Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy went on a 24-hour strike to protest austerity measures and tax hikes.

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Image: Commuters wait for buses at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid
Photographs: Paul Hanna/Reuters
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The austerity measures and tax hikes, proposed by the European Commission and International Monetary Fund, have attracted strong opposition from workers across Europe.

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Image: Lisbon's garbage trucks are seen parked at a garage on the beginning of the general strike
Photographs: Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

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Opponents of the austerity measures claim that they will lead to cuts in salaries, benefits, jobs and pension. Meant to tackle recession, they will actually land the European economy in stagnation, claim workers.

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Image: Backpackers walk through a nearly empty terminal at Atocha rail station in Madrid
Photographs: Paul Hanna/Reuters
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Governments in Spain, Portugal, Greece and Italy are mulling these measures to cut down on spending, in the wake of the severe recession that has engulfed Europe.

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Image: A protester holds a sign with a painting mocking an Orthodox icon during an anti-austerity rally by Greece's public servants unions in Athens
Photographs: Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

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Spain witnessed protest rallies by workers on Wednesday morning.

According to media reports, dozens of workers were arrested by the anti-riot police in Madrid when the protests threatened to turn violent.

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Image: An advertising board is seen at a nearly empty arrival hall at Atocha rail station
Photographs: Paul Hanna/Reuters
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