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Thousands march on EU summit to demand end to austerity

Some 10,000 workers from across the European Union protested outside a summit of EU leaders Thursday, demanding an end to years of austerity and more focus on curbing soaring unemployment.

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French union members light a flare during a demonstration outside an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Thousands of workers are converging on EU headquarters to demand an end to austerity measures.

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Union members wave flags and march in Brussels.

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A French union member, wearing a heat shield, stands with other protesters outside an EU summit aimed at boosting growth and reducing unemployment.

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Union members light a fire during the demonstration. Thursday’s protest showed the frustration of the European trade union movement after years of austerity imposed by EU leaders.

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Protesters pose with EU bags over their heads and nooses around their necks during a protest outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, March 14, 2013. Hundreds of thousands of evictions have taken place during Spain’s deep recession.

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Union members march during in Brussels. Despite years of austerity measures, the recession drags on, driving ever more people toward unemployment and poverty, union leaders said.

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Belgian metal workers march in Brussels.

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A group of Polish nurses protest against austerity cuts during the demonstration in Brussels.

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Protesters wear mock coffins and hold banners in Brussels. The sign on the right reads, ‘No to austerity, decommission the government and send the bankers to prison.’

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Union members march in Brussels.

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Protestors put up a banner outside the EU summit in Brussels. The banner reads, ‘No to the Europe of Bankers and Big Business, another Europe is possible.’

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Union members march in solidarity in Brussels for Caterpillar employees who have lost their jobs.

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