The Spanish capital city of Madrid on Tuesday was overrun by hordes of protesting youths unhappy with their country’s attempts to adopt austerity measures (i.e. tough budgetary cuts).
Riot police were called in as things quickly escalated.
“[S]everal thousand people — 6,000 according to authorities — converged on the national Parliament building in central Madrid. More than 1,000 riot police blocked off access to the building, forcing protesters to crowd nearby avenues,” the Associated Press reports.
“Police baton-charged protesters at the front of the march and some demonstrators broke down barricades and threw rocks and bottles,” the report adds.
As of this writing, there have been 38 arrests and 64 protest-related injuries. Twenty-seven of those injuries were sustained by police officers.
TheBlaze monitored Tuesday’s protests and, to put it plainly, it looks like Spain’s economically inspired social unrest has gone from bad to worse. Indeed, it appears protesters in the EU have become more bold in recent days. Well, more “bold” when the policeman’s back is turned. The video below, which shows a police officer getting drop-kicked from behind, captures the chaos:
As TheBlaze noted earlier when discussing the rise of Greece’s neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, people in countries that suffer from economic stagnation usually become desperate and willing to follow anybody who promises a way out.
Currently, Spain is going through its second deep recession in three years and it has a youth unemployment rate of over 50 percent.
Unless European leaders figure out a way to fix the eurozone’s economic problems, someone will come along and offer to do it for them — and the people will support him regardless of what he believes.
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Front page photo courtesy the AP.