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Barcelona protestors injured

Sat 28th May 2011

More than one hundred protestors were injured yesterday when police forcibly those who have been camping in the main square of Barcelona fro the last 2 weeks as part of a nationwide demonstration against the high levels of youth unemployment, austerity and corruption.

The injuries occurred when the police let off rounds of rubber bullets and tear gas. The Police reported 37 of its officers had been injured.

The situation turned violent when town hall cleaners entered the Plaza de Catalunya in order to find and remove anything that could be used as a possible weapon in the event of confrontations following tonight's UEFA Champions League soccer final in London when FC Barcelona face Manchester United.

Protesters occupied the middle of the road to prevent access to the municipal trucks that were meant to carry away their belongings. At that point, police charged the protesters and an estimated 1,000 sympathizers reportedly came to the support of the demonstrators. With tear gas and rubber bullets, cops cleared a path for the cleaners, who confiscated belongings such as tents, mattresses, laptop computers and bottled gas used to fuel generators, among other items.

Police then withdrew and the protesters returned to begin rebuilding the encampment.

Elsewhere in Spain, two arrests were made in Lerida, when protestors resisted a similar clean up procedure.

In the capital, site of the largest camp at the emblematic Puerta del Sol, protestors responded to the news of the action in Barcelona by laying flowers around the plaza.

The PP controlled regional government of Madrid has formally asked the Spanish Interior Ministry to evict the protesters from Puerta del Sol square.

The Ayuntamiento of Madrid supported the request, with concerns about "public health," while merchants in the Puerta del Sol complained that their business has fallen off by as much as 80% because of the young and unemployed protestors tents and unsanitary living conditions.

The May 15th Movement, so named because the first protests took place on that date, is demanding "real democracy now" and new economic policies in the face of high levels of unemployment.

Though the initial demonstration were carried against youth unemployment, the movement of the "indignados" (angry ones) has grown to encompass people of all ages and walks of life.

The demonstrators are protesting against austerity policies, the overall corruption in the political system, unemployment and express disgust with both the ruling PSOE and PP opposition parties.

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