'Extremism to grow in Spain, Italy, France as banksters & police confront protests' [Gonzalo Lira © RT]

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A slew of new cuts have led to a fresh eruption of public anger and protest in Spain. But rallies quickly turned violent - when police charged and beat demonstrators while firing rubber bullets. More than 70 people were injured in the clashes. The austerity cuts driving the trouble include tax hikes, and the promise of painful pension changes. But the protesters say they're being made to pay for the mistakes of politicians and bankers. The measures were demanded by Spain's EU creditors - who've pledged Madrid a vital bailout for crippled Spanish banks.

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