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Clashes occur in Plaza del Sol in Madrid prior to Pope Benedict XVI's visit

Armando Franca / AP

Nuns are escorted by a young woman past demonstrators shouting slogans against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI at Madrid's central Sol square Wednesday Aug. 17. The Pope is due to arrive Thursday for a four-day visit to celebrate World Youth Day, and thousands of protesters railing against his visit marched through Madrid to Plaza del Sol where they have held months of demonstrations against the government's anti-austerity policies.

Arturo Rodriguez / AP

Riot police officers clash with demonstrators following a protest against the next Pope Benedict XVI visit in Madrid on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Arturo Rodriguez / AP

Riot police officers clash with demonstrators following a protest on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

Arturo Rodriguez / AP

Riot police officers clash with demonstrators following a protest on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

 

Not quite as nice a scene as earlier today, as shown in our PhotoBlog post.