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Sat May 30 08:31:29 SAST 2015

Spanish police clash with protesters in Madrid

Reuters | 14 November, 2012 12:23
A passenger passes a line of police at Atocha rail station during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Madrid, November 14, 2012.
Image by: PAUL HANNA / REUTERS

Spanish anti-riot police and protesters clashed on Wednesday in central Madrid during a general strike. Two protesters were arrested and police hit others with night-sticks, witnesses said.

Millions of workers across southern Europe were on strike to protest against government spending cuts. Earlier, police arrested 42 people around Spain as scuffles broke out at picket lines.

The biggest strikes are in Spain and Portugal, where transport and factories were widely affected.

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