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Photos: Anti-austerity protests put Europe on edge

AP Photo / Andres Kudacki
Protests clash with police during the march against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain.
By Gloria Dawson
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Greeks have been protesting austerity measures for months, but the past few weeks have seen citizens of countries throughout the European Union taking to the streets in public displays of their disapproval. Some protests have turned violent.

Portugal

AP Photo / Francisco Seco
Protesters in Portugal

People protested outside of the presidential palace in the Lisbon suburb of Belem on Sept. 21, after Portugal’s President Anibal Cavaco Silva called the state council to discuss the economic and political situation in the country. The protests in Portugal have been the largest since the end of the country’s dictatorship in the 1970s.

AP Photo / Francisco Seco
A protest outside the presidential palace in Portugal

Greece

Getty Images / Milos Bicanski
Protesters clashed with riot police in Athens, Greece

On Sept. 26, 2012, protesters in Greece held a 24-hour labor strike. The protests turned violent and riot police used tear gas and pepper spray.

AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris
A protester walks in chains

Greeks with disabilities marched through Athens to protest potential cutbacks in welfare benefits on Sept. 27, 2012.

Spain

On Sept. 25, 2012 protestors demonstrated in front of the the parliament in Madrid against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government.

AP Photo / Andres Kudacki
A protester with “the people for the people” written on his hand.

The protests became violent. Video: Reuters

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