Strikes in Spain, Italy and Portugal as Europe Protests Austerity

- 2012-11-14T10:41:05Z

Photograph by Alvaro Barrientos/AP Photo

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Taking Breakfast

Between 50 percent and 100 percent of auto workers joined the strike during the night shift and activity halted at nearly all metal works, Spain's Comisiones Obreras union said in a statement. Police said they arrested 18 people in Madrid after demonstrations overnight. Protesters continued to march today through Madrid, where police increased security around buildings including the city hall and Parliament. Another protest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Madrid.

Left, trade union members have an early morning breakfast during a general strike against government austerity measures in Pamplona, Spain.