1 Oct 2012

Spain anti-austerity protest turns violent

6:58 am on 1 October 2012

A demonstration in Spain against austerity measures has turned violent, the third protest to result in disorder in less than a week.

Police with batons moved in to clear those who remained close to the parliament building in Madrid after the main protest.

Spain's state TV said that two people were hurt and 12 detained near the barricades erected to shield the parliament building.

Television images showed police charging at protesters and hitting them with their batons.

The violence did not appear as severe as a protest on Tuesday when 38 people were arrested and 64 injured.

Madrid authorities put the number of protesters at 4500 - though demonstrators said the crowd was larger.

Earlier, the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy presented a draft budget that will cut overall spending by €40 billion, freeze the salaries of public servants and cut spending for unemployment benefits.