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Miners run from tear gas fired by riot police officers as they try to defend their position inside the mine "El Soton" during clashes in El Entrego near Oviedo, Spain, Friday, June 15, 2012. Strikes, road blockades, and mine sit-ins continue as 8,000 mineworkers at over 40 coal mines in northern Spain continue their protests against government action to cut coal subsidies. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Spanish miner protests escalate

Clashes between coal miners and riot police in Spain escalated as miners fired rockets at riot police near the "El Soton" mine during clashes in El Entrego near Oviedo, Spain, Friday, June 15, 2012.