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Jobless Spaniards demonstrate in Madrid

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Hundreds of unemployed Spaniards have been demonstrating in Madrid over the government’s handling of the economic crisis.

Many of those taking part in the latest action had made long journeys on foot, to highlight the plight of the jobless in recesssion-hit Spain.

“Unemployment is not going down, it’s going up,” said one woman.

Another demonstrator added: “I want everything that has been negotiated in Europe to be negotiated here, in the regions, with all the politicians, so that we take decisions and then we go to Europe to say what the Spaniards really want.”

Demonstrations have swollen in Spain since the government announced 65 billion euros worth of new spending cuts, which include a reduction in unemployment benefits.

The measures are being brought in to curb Spain’s deficit and to avert a full blown bailout.