Anti-austerity protests grip 56 Spanish cities

4:46 PM, Oct 7, 2012   |    comments
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MADRID (AP) - In dozens of Spanish cities today, tens of thousands of people have turned out to protest austerity cuts that they say will only increase unemployment and job insecurity.

The jobless rate in Spain is already nearly 25 percent, and social unrest is on the rise. Spain is in its second recession in three years.

About 20,000 people marched in Madrid. Protesters held signs reading, "Youth without jobs, society with no future." It was a reference to the youth unemployment rate, which tops 50 percent.

Trade union leaders say the marches were a warning to the government that tempers are on the rise, and that a general strike is brewing -- possibly in mid-November.

Spain's government has implemented tough austerity measures during its nine months in office.

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