Crisis-weary Europeans strike to protest cutbacks

Posted: November 15, 2012 at 4:19 a.m.

Riot police and protesters clash Wednesday in Rome during a demonstration over austerity measures.

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans went on strike or snarled the streets of several capitals Wednesday, at times clashing with riot police, as they demanded that governments stop cutting benefits and create more jobs. Protesters spoke of a “social emergency” crippling the world’s largest economic bloc, a union of 27 nations and a half-billion people.

Spain strikes, protests against austerity

Burning tires are visible at a protest in Barcelona as workers around the European Union seek to unite in a string of strikes and demonstrations. Clashes with police erupted overnight in Madrid. (Nov. 14) (By AP)
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