Euro-wide General strike ?

Global Strike to defend workers' rights against bosses and governments

FACTBOX-Global financial crisis sparks unrest in Europe

Feb 4 (Reuters) - Here are some details of protests linked to the global financial crisis:

* BRITAIN: -- A decision by France's Total to bring in Italian and Portuguese workers to build a unit at the Lindsey oil refinery in eastern England has triggered a week of protests by thousands of energy workers at sites around Britain.

* BULGARIA: -- Farmers blocked the sole Danube bridge link with Romania and rallied across Bulgaria on Wednesday. They are demanding the government set a minimum protective price for milk and stop imports of cheap substitutes, such as powdered milk. -- Last month Bulgarians staged rallies to demand economic reforms in the face of the global slowdown, calling on the Socialist-led government to act or step down. One rally in Sofia turned into a riot.

* FRANCE: -- Hundreds of thousands of strikers marched in French cities on Jan. 29 to demand pay rises and job protection. Some protesters clashed with police, but no major violence was reported. The one-day strike failed to paralyse the country and support from private sector workers appeared limited. Labour leaders hailed the action, which marked the first time France's eight union federations had joined forces against the government since President Nicolas Sarkozy took office in 2007.

* GERMANY: -- Thousands of German public sector workers went on strike on Tuesday to press for more pay during the worst economic downturn in decades, in action that affected transport and schools across the country. Public transport ground to a halt in 10 cities across Bavaria, while schools and hospitals suffered walk-outs in northern Germany, service sector union Verdi said. Local authorities and schools were also affected in the east of the country, it added.

* GREECE: -- Greek farmers had set up roadblocks across the country, protesting against low prices, but most were taken down last week after the government pledged 500 million euros ($652 million) in aid. Blockades continued on and off at the border with Bulgaria, and on Tuesday riot police clashed for a second day with farmers from Crete. -- High youth unemployment was a main driver for rioting in Greece in December, initially sparked by the police shooting of a youth in an Athens neighbourhood. The protests forced a government reshuffle.

* ICELAND: -- Prime Minister Geir Haarde resigned last week after a series of protests, some of which had turned violent. The first leader in the world to fall as a direct result of the credit crunch, he was replaced by Johanna Sigurdardottir, who heads a new centre-left coalition. The collapse of the country's fast-expanding banks under a weight of debt last year forced the country to take a $10 billion IMF-led rescue package.

* LATVIA: -- Latvia's agriculture minister quit on Tuesday amid protests by farmers over falling incomes. -- A 10,000-strong protest in Latvia on Jan. 16 descended into a riot. Government steps to cut wages, as part of an austerity plan to win international aid, have angered people.

* LITHUANIA: -- Also on Jan. 16, police fired teargas to disperse demonstrators who pelted parliament with stones in protest at government cuts in social spending to offset an economic slowdown. Police said 80 people were detained and 20 injured. Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said the violence would not stop an austerity plan launched after a slide in output and revenues.

* RUSSIA: -- Thousands of opposition supporters rallied in Moscow and the far east port of Vladivostok on Jan. 31 in a national day of protests over hardships caused by the financial crisis. On Sunday hundreds of demonstrators in Moscow called for Russia's leaders to resign. -- Street rallies were held in almost every major city over the weekend. The pro-Kremlin United Russia party also drew thousands to rallies in support of government anti-crisis measures. -- About 100 protesters were arrested in Vladivostok last month during protests against hikes in second-hand car import duties. (Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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