Coal miners in northern Spain have fired homemade rockets and hurled rocks at police as weeks of protests escalated into violence. Riot police retaliated with rubber bullets and smoke bombs. About 200 miners have been on strike in protest against subsidy cuts which unions say will destroy the mines and threaten up to 30,000 jobs.
There have been no reports of casualties from the clashes which took place in the town of Cinera. A number of towns in the northern Spanish provinces of Asturias and Leon, where mining is a major industry, have seen tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in recent weeks. On Tuesday, masked miners set up several barricades on motorways, setting fire to them and blocking the way. When police tried to remove one of the barricades, some of the protesters fired rockets at them and threw firecrackers.IF THINGS DON'T GET BETTER - AND SOON, THEN THEY WILL GET WORSE, AND SOONER THAN YOU THINK; THEY WILL NOT STAY THE SAME.
BORIS JOHNSON ALSO WARNED ABOUT THIS: "If things go on as they are, we will see more misery, more resentment and an ever greater chance that the whole kebab van will go up in flames. "