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Miners clash with police in Spain

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 01:01

May 31- Miners clash with Spanish police in Madrid at the end of a march by thousands of demonstrators protesting against cuts to state subsidies for the coal sector. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Miners clashed with Spanish police in Madrid on Thursday at the end of a march by thousands of demonstrators protesting against cuts to state subsidies for the coal sector. Police fired rubber bullets and protesting miners threw firecrackers at the end of a march from Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to the Industry Ministry in the Spanish capital. Spain's two largest unions, the UGT and the CCOO, said 10,000 miners mainly from northern Spain traveled by bus to Madrid to protest against cuts to grants which are the life-blood of some small mining communities. The conservative government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has cut coal subsidies this year to 111 million euros, down from 301 million euros last year, as it aims to cut its deficit which was 8.9 percent of GDP last year.

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Miners clash with police in Spain

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 01:01