Conflict & Justice

Thousands in Europe Protest Spending Cuts, Rising Unemployment

Across Europe today, tens of thousands of people took to the streets to protest government spending cuts and rising unemployment.

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The biggest protests took place in some of the nations hardest-hit by the financial crisis, like Italy, Greece and Spain.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the World's Gerry Hadden in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

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    Demonstrators take part in a march during a 24-hour nationwide general strike, November 14, 2012. Spanish and Portuguese workers will stage the first coordinated general strike across the Iberian Peninsula on Wednesday, shutting transport, grounding flights and closing schools to protest against spending cuts and tax hikes. The banner reads 'What peace without bread?'. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS)



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    A sticker on this storefront in Barcelona reads "Closed, General Strike." (Photo: Gerry Hadden)