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As the fiscally troubled nations of Europe struggle with overwhelming debt loads, votes on cost-cutting austerity measures and the implementation of reforms have sparked riots and protests around the continent.

Most recently, a union-led general strike in Spain over pro-business labor reforms turned violent as angry protesters clashed with police, blocking roads, and setting vehicles and businesses on fire. The nationwide demonstrations saw clashes with police in such major cities as Barcelona and Madrid, where local businesses and national banks were damaged or destroyed.

For the most recent images from the protests in Europe, click ahead.

By Paul Toscano
Posted 30 March 2012

Photo: Getty Images