Strikes in Spain, Italy and Portugal as Europe Protests Austerity

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

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Mercabarna Picket

The day began "without much disturbance," Cristina Diaz, director general at the Interior Ministry, told reporters in a televised broadcast. Power demand was 13 percent below usual at 9:20 a.m., data from grid operator Red Electrica Corp SA showed.

Left, demonstrators set up a barricade at the main entrance of Mercabarna, the biggest wholesale market in Barcelona.