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Scuffles at pre-election protest in Spain

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Scuffles at pre-election protest in Spain


Just days before elections in Spain, students and teachers have taken to the streets to make their voices heard.

Scuffles broke out between police and some of the protesters. They are angry about education cuts as part of austerity measures being introduced.

The opposition centre-right People’s Party is expected to be swept to power in Sunday’s snap election, amid increasing concern for the country’s economy.

The People’s Party leader Mariano Rajoy is 17 points ahead in the opinion polls, even though he is promising a deeper austerity programme likely to hit the public hard.

The Socialists have been in power for seven years but have struggled to get a grip on the economy and tackle the European Union’s worst unemployment rate.

The party’s candidate for next prime minister is Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, a former interior minister.

But it has been an uphill battle attempting to convince voters that the Socialists should stay in government.

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