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Youths protest against unemployment, austerity measures in Spain and Portugal

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Demonstrators listen to a speaker at Madrid's landmark Puerta del Sol on May 20. Spanish youths vowed on Friday to continue demonstrating against unemployment and mainstream politics, and the government thought twice about enforcing a ban on election weekend protests that could provoke clashes.

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Demonstrators occupy the Puerta del Sol square in Madrid on May 20 during a protest against Spain's economic crisis and its sky-high jobless rate.

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Portuguese and Spanish youths sit late on May 19 in front of the Spanish Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, to protest against the economic crises and sky-high jobless rate in their countries.

AFP reports: Spanish youths have camped in main squares across the country since May 15 in the largest spontaneous protests since Spain plunged into recession after the collapse of a property bubble in 2008. Calling for "Real Democracy Now", the protesters lament Spain's 21-percent jobless rate, economic crisis, politicians in general and corruption. Protests have also been seen in neighboring Portugal.

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