Europe in protest: anti-austerity marches spread

Thursday, November 15, 2012
By Paul Martin

Tom Kington, Helena Smith, Kim Willsher and Martin Roberts
November 15, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of Europeans mounted one of the biggest co-ordinated anti-austerity protests across the continent on Wednesday, marching against German-orchestrated cuts as the eurozone is poised to move back into recession.

Millions took part in Europe-wide strikes, and in city after city along the debt-encrusted Mediterranean rim, thousands marched and scores were arrested after clashes with police.
There were banners declaring “Austerity kills”, Occupy masks, flares, improvised loudspeakers and cancelled flights. But there was also a violent, even desperate edge to the demonstrations, particularly in Madrid and several Italian cities. In the Spanish capital, police fired rubber bullets to subdue the crowd; in Pisa, protesters occupied the Leaning Tower, and in Sicily cars were burned.

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