The streets of Madrid full of smoke and debris after strike

A protester stands next to a burning garbage container during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid
A protester stands next to a burning garbage container during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid Credit: Reuters
Spanish police officers advance through the smoke from a flare during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid
Spanish police officers advance through the smoke from a flare during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in central Madrid Credit: Reuters

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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.