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Protestors Rally Against Bush Policies in Streets of Madrid

More than 3,000 protestors flooded the streets of Madrid on Sunday, in protest to President Bush’s upcoming visit on Tuesday. The protestors voiced opposition to a range of Bush’s policies, including his support of the death penalty, failure to abolish Third World debt, poor environmental policies, anti-abortion tactics, globalization, and the arms race. They held signs ranging from, “Bush Go Home,” to “Bush Taleban,” to “What misfortune that the mother of Bush could not abort.” Madrid is the first stop scheduled on Bush’s 5-day European trip. Many analysts point to a growing rift between Bush’s right-of-center social policies and Europe’s more progressive culture that values a “compassionate state” to counter the inequities produced by free markets. Other protests are expected during Bush’s visits.

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BBC News, Kaiser Daily Health Report, CNN.com, New York Times Ð June 11, 2001