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Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards rallied in Madrid against poverty and EU-imposed austerity in a largely peaceful protest later marred by violent clashes in which police fired rubber bullets, according to Reuters.
Central government representative Cristina Cifuentes said 19 protesters had been arrested and 50 police officers had been injured, one of them seriously, in the clashes.
Clashes between demonstrators and riot police erupted in Madrid, as tens of thousands of people took over the Spanish capital to protest against EU-imposed austerity.
Spanish newspaper El Mundo published dramatic footage showing police detaining several people during the protests in Madrid.
Police presence was heavy among groups carrying republican and communist flags, banners calling for an end to cuts in the health service, education and affordable housing.
Tens of thousands of protesters from across Spain converged in Madrid on Saturday calling for an end to EU-imposed austerity.
The so-called "Dignity Marches" in support of the country's worst-off urged the conservative government not to pay its international debts and to tackle unemployment of 26 percent.
The OECD says the economic crisis has hit Spain's poor more than in any other country in the group.