Protests across Europe as Spain, Italy, Portugal and others start a day of protest

Anti-austerity strikes have begun across Europe.

In Madrid protesters gathered and marched through the streets
In Madrid protesters gathered and marched through the streets Credit: EBU

Union-organised action began in Spain, Belgium and Portugal, with similar demonstrations expected to take place later in Italy, Malta, Cyprus and Greece.

Transport was expected to be disrupted, schools and public services closed and rallies held across the continent to protest over spending cuts, tax hikes and workers' rights.

Elsewhere shutters were brought down and workers walked through the dark streets
Elsewhere shutters were brought down and workers walked through the dark streets Credit: EBU

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European protests against cuts

Thousands of protesters are striking across Europe against rising unemployment and austerity measures. Travellers flying in and out of the UK are facing disruption as a consequence.