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Spaniards ring in new year of more austerity

MADRID — Luis Zorrilla wants to celebrate the New Year and forget, at least for a day, Spain’s economic crisis and government spending cuts that have triggered the “indignant” protest movement. “Today is a day to forget the crisis,” says Zorrilla, a teacher, laughing as he gets ready to eat…

‘Indignant’ protests to sweep across world

MADRID — “Indignant” activists, angered by a biting economic crisis they blame on politicians and bankers, vow to take to the streets worldwide on Saturday in a protest spanning 71 nations. It is the first global show of power by the movement, born May 15 when a rally in Madrid’s…

Hundreds protest Spain move to cap deficit

MADRID — Hundreds of Spaniards demonstrated Sunday against a constitutional reform plan aimed at capping budget deficit. “No to the reform of the constitution. No to a step back,” read a large banner as the demonstrators marched towards Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, the hub of months-old protests by the “indignant”…

Spaniards vote amid protests over mass unemployment

MADRID — Spaniards voted Sunday in local elections forecast to inflict a crushing defeat on the ruling Socialists as anger over mass unemployment boiled over into popular protests. Protesters, who blame politicians for bleak economic prospects and a jobless rate of more than 21 percent, remained camped in central Madrid’s…

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