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Spain protests

Demonstrators clash with riot police during the coal miner's march to the Minister of Industry's building in Madrid, Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The miners' march into the capital was the culmination for some of a nearly three-week trek from the regions where they eke out a living. Miners who walked 18 days from northern and eastern mining regions were received as heroes on Tuesday night as they entered the Puerta del Sol, one of the city's main plazas. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Violent clashes in Spain

Spanish miners and sympathizers incensed with the nation's seemingly endless austerity cutbacks clashed with riot police on one of Madrid's most famed avenues on July 12, and several demonstrators were hospitalized after police fired rubber bullets.