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Workers Strike in Spain, Ahead of Government Plans to Unveil Austerty Budget

Strikers in Spain took to the streets to protest labor reforms, public spending cuts and widespread unemployment.

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A retail employee closes down her shop under protestors' pressure in Madrid, Spain. March 29, 2012. The one-day trade union-sponsored general strike is to protest austerity measures permitting less costly worker hirings and firings. (AP)
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A retail employee closes down her shop under protestors' pressure in Madrid, Spain. March 29, 2012. The one-day trade union-sponsored general strike is to protest austerity measures permitting less costly worker hirings and firings. (AP)

Trash containers set fire during clashes with demonstrators during the general strike in Barcelona, March 29, 2012. (AP)
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Trash containers set fire during clashes with demonstrators during the general strike in Barcelona, March 29, 2012. (AP)

A demonstrator spraying graffiti in Barcelona, March 29, 2012. (AP)
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A demonstrator spraying graffiti in Barcelona, March 29, 2012. (AP)

A window covered with red paint and strike stickers reading 'We are on Strike' and 'Closed for the General Strike' in Madrid, March 29, 2012. (AP)
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A window covered with red paint and strike stickers reading 'We are on Strike' and 'Closed for the General Strike' in Madrid, March 29, 2012. (AP)

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