Spain | Police Brutality Turns Streets of Madrid Into War Zone
There was well over one hundred thousand people marching today in Madrid part of the “Surround the Congress” action called by the indignados movement. The mission was one and one only, surround the congress and demand the resignation of the current government. As soon as demonstrators got any near the congress they were stopped by barriers over 6 foot tall and a contingent of around 2000 police officers most of them in riot gear. As people felt trapped some started to take down some of the barriers and breaking to the other side of the fencing. This seemed to give the police the green light to use as much force and brutality as they deemed necessary to stop people breaching the barrier line.
Indiscriminately, police charged men, women, children, and older people that in some cases weren’t even able to escape quick enough the violent police. Police didn’t take too long to use rubber bullets and about 28 people got injured with at least one of them in serious but not life threatening condition. Other 22 people were reported to be arrested.
At some stage the streets of Madrid resembled a total war zone with both sides engaging in violence even though demonstrators noticeably did so in pure self defense.
Many are pledging to come back tomorrow at 7pm to continue what they have started and some believe that this could be the start of the real Spanish revolution.
ONN will be following LIVE the events tomorrow on our main channel: ONN