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Spain votes amid widespread protests


Protests against the government’s economy policies continue in Spain as the country goes to the polls in today’s local and regional elections.

Demonstrators are angry about the lack of jobs and public spending cuts.

They also profess a lack of faith in the Spanish political class and the capitalist system.

“This won’t stop with the elections,” said one of the thousands camped out in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square. “The problem isn’t with the Socialists or the Partido Popular, or with voting left or right. The problem is a question of values, I mean, this is totaly unfair, we have to change this.”

Spain has the highest unemployment in the EU at 21.3 percent – some five million people.

The ruling Socialist party is expected to suffer heavy losses in today’s polls.

Spaniards are voting in elections for over 8,000 town councils and 13 out of the country’s 17 regional governments.

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