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Madrid residents protest against metro price hikes

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Hundreds of people have descended upon Madrid’s metro system to protest against a hike in the price of tickets.

The fare increases vary but a 10-trip ticket will go from 9.30 euros to 12 euros.

It has angered Madrid residents, already feeling the pinch from government austerity measures.

Karen, originally from El Salvador, said that they cannot live on the minimum salary and pay these new higher prices.

Javier said taking the metro “will be a luxury like travelling on the Orient Express.”

That is why the demonstrators were dressed up in their finest garments; a tongue-in-cheek message to public transport officials that taking the metro had become reserved for the rich and well-to-do.

The protest had been organised on social networking sites such as Facebook.

Madrid authorities raised prices last year and had initially promised there would be no hikes in 2012.