14/11/12 15:16 CET
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Tens of thousand of people have taken to the streets throughout Spain to join a general strike that is stretching across Europe.
It is coordinated action as part of a “European Day of Action and Solidarity” against austerity measures which many demonstrators say have made economic matters worse.
The crisis has pushed millions into poverty and widespread anger didn’t take long before erupting into violence.
In Madrid, police trying to keep roads and parts of the city open, arrested more than 70 people after scuffles at picket lines.
Although Spain’s government has just passed a further round of stringent belt-tightening measures, unions say ordinary people are being made to suffer excessively.
“They’re taking all our rights away. The banks and other businesses are bringing us onto the streets, they’re stealing our salaries. We don’t have any rights anymore.”
The industrial action has caused chaos for travellers across Spain.
Madrid’s main train station was brought to a standstill as protestors prevented passengers from entering platforms.
Tensions have also risen since last when when a woman jumped from her apartment to her death as baliffs tried to evict her after her bank foreclosed.
The government is now reviewing eviction laws.
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