Dark times in Spain 2013

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Spanish miners are seen during a miner's demonstration in Caborana, near Oviedo, in northern Spain on June 18, 2012. Spanish coal miners are staging a nationwide strike action organized by unions against the cash-strapped government's decision to slash subsidies to the sector this year to 111 million euros ($142 million) from 301 million euros last year. Unions argue the subsidy cuts will lead to the closure of Spain's coal mines and the loss of up to 30,000 direct and indirect jobs, since Spanish coal relies on state aid to compete with cheaper imports. .(c) Pedro ARMESTRE.