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Angry protests in Spain over austerity plans

Andres Kudacki / AP

A demonstrator is chased by a police officers before been arrested during a protest against the recent austerity measures.

Andres Kudacki / AP

Demonstrators shout against the provincial representative of the Government, Maria Cifuentes, centre, during a protest against the recent austerity measures on Friday.

AP: Spanish civil servants, many dressed in mourning black, took to the streets Friday in angry protest as the government approved new sweeping austerity measures that include wage cuts and tax increases for a country struggling under a recession and an unemployment rate of near 25 percent.

Spain is under pressure to get its public finances on track amid concerns in the markets over the state of the country's banks and the wider economy. Continue reading the full story.


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Juan Medina / Reuters

Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest in front of the ruling government party Popular Party headquarters in Madrid on Friday.