Fierce clashes break out at Spanish austerity demo

Spanish riot police
Riot police charged at protestors during the demonstration against government cuts. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Spanish riot police
Neptuno Square in Madrid quickly became a battleground. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Perez
Spanish riot police
Thousands had turned out to demonstrate against the austerity measures. Credit: REUTERS/Sergio Perez

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Spanish protests turn violent

Spanish protests over spending cuts and the country's woeful unemployment rate have turned violent when demonstrators in Madrid hurled stones towards police. Riot police were seen striking out at several protesters during the disturbances.