Τετάρτη, 11 Ιουλίου 2012

Over 70 injured as protesters clash with police in Madrid (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Blood flows down the face of an injured protester who was injured during clashes between supporters of Spanish coal miners and riot police as they ended a "Marcha Negra" (Black March) near the Industry Ministry in Madrid July 11, 2012 (Reuters/Paul Hanna) At least 76 people have been injured in Madrid as clashes flared up between protesters and police, the latter using rubber bullets. Thousands of Spaniards turned out against new cuts introduced by the government. Those injured include 33 police officers and 43 protesters – miners and their supporters. Minor arrests have been made so far, with seven people being detained. Three of those arrested reportedly threw bricks at police, local El Pais newspaper reported. Protesters panicked and sought shelter as police began to disperse the crowd, Olvidio Gonzalez, 67, a retired miner from the northern Asturias region told AP. “We were walking peacefully to get to where the union leaders were speaking and they started to fire indiscriminately. There was no warning,” said Gonzalez, who was also struck by a rubber bullet. About 200 people remain surrounded by dozens of police in front of parliament, Twitter user Danips posted on his microblog. Some media reports suggest a spontaneous demonstration flared up in front of parliament. Protesters are calling on Spaniards via Twitter to join bigger protests at 19:30 local time. Protesters disagree with a 63 per cent cut in subsidies to coal mining companies, major contributors to the Spanish energy market. Unions say the plan threatens 30,000 jobs and could destroy their livelihoods. Miners, who were hiking from the north of the country for the past two weeks, have been joined by tens of thousands of Spaniards also protesting against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s tax hike. RT photo
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Riot policemen fire tear gas in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Riot policemen fire tear gas in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Dani Pozo)
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AFP Photo/Dominique Faget
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A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso)
Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso)
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The prime minister announced his decision to raise VAT by 3 per cent as part of the plan to trim the public budget by 65 billion euro over the next two-and-a-half years. Rajoy also declared a 3.5-billion-euro cut to local government spending. Many protesters marched more than 400 kilometers (250 miles) from mines in northern Spain. A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) A demonstrator raises his fist in front of riot policemen during a demonstration by Spanish coal miners in Madrid, on July 11, 2012 (AFP Photo/Dominique Faget) Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso) Spanish coal miners demonstrate on July 11, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Cesar Manso) RT photo RT photo

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