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Austerity protests begin in countries across Europe

29 September 2010 Last updated at 12:36 BST

In Brussels workers from across Europe have gathered for what they say is one of the biggest protests the city has ever seen.

The wave of industrial strife has been prompted by widespread budget cuts. Unions say ordinary workers are being forced to pay for mistakes made by bankers and traders.

Spain is also in the grip of a general strike and there are other protests right across the continent.

Peter Biles reports.