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Published on Jul 11, 2012
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 eight people being detained. Three of those arrested reportedly threw bricks at police, local El Pais newspaper reported. The police have confirmed that there were no miners among the arrested.
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," said Gonzalez, who was also struck by a rubber bullet.
Witnesses and demonstrators claim that police started the attack without any warning.