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Protests erupt in Spain over government spending cuts

Demonstration organized by trade unions

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Protesters wave flags of the General Workers Union (UGT) as they march during a demonstration against cuts in public services in central Valencia on June 20. Spain is dealing with its second recession in three years, with unemployment sitting at nearly 25 per cent. The banner reads, "Don't keep quiet, defend your rights."

HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

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A man carries a photo of protesters pretending to be German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during a demonstration called for by trade unions against government spending cuts, austerity measures and labour reform under the slogan, "Don't stay quiet. Defend your rights." The sign reads: "Rajoy, puppet."

SUSANA VERA/REUTERS

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Protesters march during a demonstration against cuts in public services in central Valencia on June 20. The banner reads: "Don't play with education, health care and public services."

HEINO KALIS/REUTERS

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A man holds a General Workers Union (UGT) flag as he waits to takes part in a protest against Spanish government cuts in the Andalusian capital of Seville.

Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS

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A man plays an accordion in the doorway of a closed-down bank branch filled with publicity posters in Madrid in April.

SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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