15 arrested in Spain after massive protests
Spain protest: Police riots run after the demonstrators during a protest against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday. Tens of thousands of angry Spaniards protested in 80 cities throughout Spain on Thursday against the government's latest austerity package, blaming officials for "ruining" the country. (AP/Andres Kudacki)
Police say 15 people were arrested and 39 people injured overnight in central Madrid after tens of thousands of people took part in a demonstration to protest the conservative government's latest austerity package.
Police fired rubber bullets to disperse groups of protesters in streets in and around the Spanish Parliament building. The protesters set fire to garbage containers and threw cans and other objects at the police
A spokeswoman said Friday 10 police were among the injured. She spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with police regulations.
The demonstration Thursday evening in Madrid was one of 80 held in cities across Spain to protest the austerity measures the government says are necessary if Spain wants to avoid a bailout like Greece, Ireland and Portugal.