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Spain and Portugal prepare for general strike

Spain and Portugal prepare for general strike
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Tens of thousands of people are expected to take part in a general strike in Spain on Wednesday.

Two of the country’s largest labour unions have called for the stoppage, the second such protest against the conservative government since they took power last December. It is also timed to coincide with industrial action in Portugal.

The move comes as Spain’s conservative government wrestles with how to fight a rise in home-owner evictions, blamed for two suicides in just 15 days.

The government insists its draft budget with a package of tax rises and spending cuts will guarantee the country meets its deficit reduction targets.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s new measures are expected to be adopted by parliament within weeks, but with current austerity measures sparking such anger, it is unlikely the new budget will do anything to calm tensions.