Clashes in Madrid between police and protesters

Tens of thousands of protesters from across Spain converged in Madrid calling for an end to EU-imposed austerity which has deepened poverty amongst the worst-off. Riot police and protesters have also clashed in the Spanish capital.

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Protesters arrested after violent Madrid clashes

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.

Riot police and protesters clash in Madrid

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.

Protesters clash with police in Madrid Credit: AP

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.

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Mass anti-austerity demonstrations take over Madrid

Tens of thousands of protesters from across Spain converged in Madrid on Saturday calling for an end to EU-imposed austerity.

Demonstrators flooded central Madrid Credit: REUTERS/Javier Barbancho
Anti-austerity demonstrators crowd into Colon square in Madrid Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hanna

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.

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid Credit: REUTERS/Paul Hanna

The OECD says the economic crisis has hit Spain's poor more than in any other country in the group.

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