80 Spanish cities see protests against austerity

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Carmen, 22, a Spanish teenage student of a public university, calls for a general strike as she protests against cutback plans by Spain's government  in Pamplona, northern Spain, Thursday, July 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
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MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of public employees, trade union members and other Spaniards are marching in 80 Spanish cities to protest the latest batch of austerity measures approved by the government.

The ruling conservative Popular Party used its majority in Parliament to push through the measures on Thursday. They include a rise in sales taxes and a wage cut for civil servants.

As dusk fell, marchers in Madrid carried Spanish flags bearing black bows for mourning and banners saying, "No to the cuts" and "You have ruined us."

Late Thursday, the government also published details of the euro 100 billion ($122.9 billion) financial assistance agreement between Spain and the Eurogroup aimed at shoring up the country's struggling banks.

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