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Spain hit by first general strike

2012-03-30 05:32:42 GMT2012-03-30 13:32:42(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Spain is experiencing its first general strike on Thursday since Mariano Rajoy won the general election on Nov. 20.

Spanish workers angry at a labor reform the government calls an "unstoppable" necessity staged a general strike on Thursday, bringing factories and ports to a standstill and igniting flashes of violence on the streets.

Hundreds of thousands attended largely peaceful marches throughout Spain, waving red flags and beating drums against the budget cuts of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who was elected by a landslide only four months ago on a mandate to dig the country out of a debt crisis that has unnerved its European neighbors.

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