Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at activists who gathered in Madrid’s Plaza de Neptune on September 25, 2012 to protest Spanish austerity measures. What was suppose to be a peaceful protest soon became a fierce clash. Local media reported that by 20:00 UTC 22 people were arrested and 14 were injured. One of the wounded is believed to be in critical condition and one of the injured policemen suffered a severe concussion. Reports so far mention tens of thousands protesters.
The clash broke out as protesters tried to tear down metal barriers set to block access to the parliament building from every possible direction. The demonstrators pledged to march around the building, and called for new elections. Protest is still ongoing. Watch it live here. Background information and the manifesto can be found here.
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