Protests set to continue againstGerman social welfare cuts

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6 September 2004 , MAGDEBURG - Mass protests over Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's planned social welfare cuts were due to continue later Monday for the fifth week in row in Germany, organisers said. For the last two weeks about 70,000 people have taken part in the demonstrations sparked by reductions to unemployment benefits due to come into force next year. The recent turnout is down from the over 100,000 demonstrators who joined protests in mid-August and observers say the movement may be running out of s

6 September 2004

MAGDEBURG - Mass protests over Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's planned social welfare cuts were due to continue later Monday for the fifth week in row in Germany, organisers said.

For the last two weeks about 70,000 people have taken part in the demonstrations sparked by reductions to unemployment benefits due to come into force next year.

The recent turnout is down from the over 100,000 demonstrators who joined protests in mid-August and observers say the movement may be running out of steam.

Trade unions and the anti-globalisation group Attac, which is helping to organise protests, said almost 220 marches and rallies were planned for Monday evening.

Protest has been focused in economically hard hit eastern Germany and the biggest demonstrations are expected in Berlin, Leipzig and Magdeburg.

German unemployment is over 10 percent nationwide but almost 20 percent in former communist eastern Germany.

DPA

Subject: German news

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