The next Spanish Civil War? Coming soon to a city near you.
(The Blaze/AP) — In a scene that looks more like Gaza than Spain, striking coal miners armed with homemade rockets and slingshots clashed with police Friday, leaving seven people injured– two of them seriously– the Interior Ministry said.
The strike is the latest and the most violent of many in Spain in reaction to harsh austerity measures aimed at digging the debt-burdened country out of its financial crisis.
The miners are concerned that government cuts — including a reduction in mining subsidies from €300 million to €110 million ($375 million-$137 million) a year — will devastate their industry.
Spain is applying across-the-board cutbacks as part of an economic overhaul aimed at slashing its swollen deficit, but that plan comes at a time when the country’s unemployment rate is nearly 25 percent.
When police tried to remove roadblocks of flaming tires set up as part of the protest, they were reportedly met with a “barrage of missiles fired by the miners, the regional office of the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
Four police officers and three journalists were injured as a result, and police responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. (more >>>)