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Thousands Protest Coke Plant Closures in Spain

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 12:25pm
Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers. Employees, family members, trade unionists and sympathizers gave away Pepsi cans and chanted "No to the closures."
Workers and demonstrators march during a protest against Coca-Cola's lay off in Madrid, Spain, Sunday Feb. 2, 2014. Coca-Cola's workers are on an indefinite strike protesting Coca-Cola Iberian Partners' plans to close four of its 11 plants and lay off 1,253 workers. Banners read: "No to the Coca-Cola's Close Down." (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

MADRID (AP) — Several thousand people have marched from a Coca-Cola bottling plant in a southwestern suburb to downtown Madrid to protest the company's plan to close four plants in Spain and lay off workers.

Employees, family members, trade unionists and sympathizers left the plant in Fuenlabrada and walked 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) on Sunday to Puerta del Sol square, giving away Pepsi cans and chanting "No to the closures."

Coca-Cola Iberian Partners plans to close four of its 11 plants and lay off 1,253 workers.

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