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Thousands of Slovenians hold anti-austerity protest in Ljubljana

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Demonstrators take part in an anti-government protest in Ljubljana, Slovenia on December 21, 2012.

Thousands of Slovenians have taken to the streets in the capital Ljubljana to express their anger over new austerity measures imposed by the government.

The demonstration, which was reportedly attended by more than 5,000 people, took place on Friday near the country’s parliament where protesters chanted anti-austerity slogans.

Carrying banners, which read “All-Slovenia Revolt,” angry demonstrators also shouted slogans against Prime Minister Janez Jansa.

This comes after thousands of protesters on November 30 clashed with the police in the Slovenian capital during a demonstration against austerity measures in which protesters shouted slogans demanding President Danilo Turk to step down.

The recession-hit eurozone state has seen a wave of protests in recent weeks over public sector spending cuts and tough austerity measures.

The government plans to cut pensions and raise the retirement age in order to reduce the budget deficit next year.

Europe plunged into financial crisis in early 2008. Insolvency now threatens heavily debt-ridden countries such as Greece, Portugal, and Spain.

The worsening debt crisis has forced EU governments to adopt harsh austerity measures and tough economic reforms, which have triggered incidents of social unrest and massive protests in many European countries.


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