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Spain's indignados protesters reach Brussels

Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 01:16

OCT 9 - Protesters from Spain's 'Indignados' movement reach Brussels after walking across Europe to demonstrate against austerity cut backs. Travis Brecher reports.

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Protesters from Spain's Indignant Movement - or 'Indignados' - arrive in Brussels. Echoing protests across the Middle East as part of the Arab Spring, Spaniards filled Spain's main cities for weeks earlier this year, demonstrating against economic stagnation and government austerity. Over the summer they marched through France, and have now arrived in Brussels ahead of a planned rally next Saturday. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) INDIGNADOS FROM BARCELONA, SPAIN, AVI LOPEZ, SAYING: "Well I am thrilled, a small dream has been accomplished, and for all of those who came along with us too, so the truth is yes, I am thrilled." Madrid has struggled to emerge from recession, and the collapse of the construction sector and a slump in consumer spending have hit the young particularly hard - 45 percent of 18-25-year-olds are unemployed. In Brussels, the 'Indignados' will be joined by protesters from other European countries. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Spain's indignados protesters reach Brussels

Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 01:16