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Thousands protest in Rome against austerity cuts

Last Updated: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 23:58

Zee Media Bureau

Rome: Thousands of protesters on Saturday took to the streets of the Italian capital Rome calling for an end to austerity measures and demanding government prioritises economic growth.

The rally was organised by the metalworkers` union FIOM and the CGIL union drew supporters from all over the country, reported by a news agency.

After weeks of political paralysis following inconclusive elections in February, Italy now has a “grand coalition” government, including bitter rivals from the center-left and center-right blocs in Parliament.
Unemployment for young people is at about 39 percent, while the overall jobless rate is 11.5 percent.
The previous government used spending cuts and higher taxes to battle Italy’s debt. Italians are demanding job creation measures soon.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 23:58

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