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Thousands Gather in Ljubljana to Oppose Austerity

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Ljubljana, 17 November - Thousands of people gathered in the Slovenian capital on Saturday to express their opposition to the government's crisis measures. Organised by three trade union associations and organisations representing students and pensioners, the protest was part of a Europe-wide action against austerity.

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Many protesters brought signs to the protest in Ljubljana, with some critical of the government and others blaming capitalism for the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Many protesters brought signs to the protest in Ljubljana, with some critical of the government and others blaming capitalism for the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Many protesters brought signs to the protest in Ljubljana, with some critical of the government and others blaming capitalism for the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Head of the ZSSS trade union confederation Dušan Semolič was critical of the EU's alternatives for dealing with the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Head of the Confederation of Public Sector Unions Branimir Štrukelj warned that a general strike was possible if the government failed to heed warnings from the protesters.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Many protesters brought signs to the protest in Ljubljana, with some critical of the government and others blaming capitalism for the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Many of the protesters were brought to Ljubljana by buses organised by the trade unions.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Protesters gather in Congress Square for a rally against the government's handling of the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Protesters stream towards Congress Square for a rally against the government's handling of the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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Protesters stream towards Congress Square for a rally against the government's handling of the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

Ljubljana
Protesters gather in Congress Square for a rally against the government's handling of the crisis.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA

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