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Spain prepares more austerity, protesters clash with police

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A demonstrator struggles with Spanish National Police riot officers outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25, 2012.

Reuters reports - Protesters clashed with police in Spain's capital on Tuesday as the government prepared a new round of unpopular austerity measures for the 2013 budget to be announced on Thursday.

Thousands gathered in Neptune plaza, a few meters from El Prado museum in central Madrid, where they formed a human chain around parliament, surrounded by barricades, police trucks and more than 1,500 police in riot gear. Full story…

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Demonstrators chant "These are our weapons" as they hold up their hands after riot police charged them outside the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25, 2012.

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Protesters surround Police vans close to Spain's Parliament during a demonstration in Madrid, Sept. 25.

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A restaurant owner shouts, with his clients behind him, at demonstrators to stop throwing stones at his restaurant, after a protest around the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25.

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A man with a head wound tries to calm the crowd of protestors during a demonstration surrounding the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25.

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People take cover during clashes between protesters and riot police at Neptuno Square during demonstrations surrounding the Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25.

Susana Vera / Reuters

A riot police officer stands behind placards placed on barriers that cordon off the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Sept. 25.

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