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Europe Hit By Anti-Austerity Protests, Strikes

BBC NEWS, THE GUARDIAN (UK), EXPRESSO (Portugal), EL PAIS (Spain), LA STAMPA (Italy)

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Workers across the European Union are staging a series of protests and strikes on Wednesday against rising unemployment and austerity measures, reports BBC News.

Organizers of the strikes are urging national leaders to abandon austerity and address growing social anxiety in crisis-ridden Europe.

More than 40 trade union groups from 23 countries are involved in Wednesday's demonstrations.

They are taking place in Spain, Greece, Portugal and Italy, while protests are also planned in Belgium, the Netherlands and some Eastern European countries.

The Guardian reports that Germany remains quite untouched by the protests compared to its European neighbors.

Trade unions are holding 130 marches across France's largest metropolitan areas, including Paris, Marseille and Lyon.

[Here in Lille - Source: Twitter - Instagram]

In Rome, demonstrators are blaming the government, the European Central Bank and the European Commission for the current economic turmoil, reports La Stampa.

[Students in Rome - Source: Twitter ]

Some airlines have delayed or canceled some of their flights, especially in Portugal and Spain where most transports are disturbed, reports Expresso.

[Main Station in Madrid - Source: Twitter ]

Clashes between police and picketers took place in Madrid where demonstrators tried to stop buses leaving a bus depot.

There were outbreaks of violence in other Spanish cities, adds El Pais.

[Clashes with protesters in Central Madrid - Source: Twitter ]

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