Protests in Spain - level 3

Protests in Spain - level 3

30-04-2013 06:00

What started as a peaceful protest ended in violent clashes with police after Spain announced the worst unemployment figures since records began.

People took to the streets of Madrid after it was announced over a quarter of the workforce is now jobless.

The violence erupted after around 1,000 demonstrators tried to push down the police barriers between them and parliament as they called for the government to step down.

Over 1,400 police were deployed to the protest which ended in 15 arrests and 14 injured officers.

On Friday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to announce further reforms to tackle Spain's deficit but it's the austerity measures and tax heights that have led to protests like this becoming commonplace and until jobless figures improve, look set to continue. 

Interesting words: clash (fight), figure (number), record (statistic data), deploy (send to handle something), tackle (solve), austerity measures (high taxes and spending cuts), commonplace (usual).

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