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					Mass protests in Spain and Portugal, against ever tougher austerity
measures, have ramped up the pressure on Iberian governments struggling
to avoid international bailouts. Tens of thousands of chanting protesters
from across Spain packed the centre of Madrid on Saturday, including
policemen in blue T-shirts, firemen with their red helmets, teachers
decked out in matching green, healthcare workers in white and parents
pushing strollers. Many blew whistles and chanted "we are not paying for
this crisis" and "general strike now" as they marched to the Plaza Colon
square for the rally. Meanwhile over 100,000 people took to the streets
of...

				
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