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Students and teachers strike over education cuts in Spain

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Students got the ball rolling with a two-day classroom walkout and on Thursday, teachers and parents in Spain will join strike action in protest at education cutbacks and reforms.

Mariano Rajoy’s centre-right government has slashed public spending to try to bring Spain’s deficit under control. But reports that the economy may have turned a corner mean little to those who claim their future is the price being paid.

With unemployment still stubbornly high, protesters argue that young people are also struggling to study, because of the sheer cost of going to university.