21 Feb '12, 1am

Riot police beat students in Spain protest

Riot police beat students in Spain protest

VALENCIA, Spain: Baton-wielding riot police charged, beat and arrested several demonstrators at a student protest against spending cuts in the Spanish city of Valencia on Monday, reporters at the scene said. The clashes broke out in the mid-afternoon after students protesting against education budget cuts, which they say have left classrooms without heating, demonstrated outside a school and came up against police barricades. Photographs and videos from the scene showed youths with bleeding faces and baton-wielding police in helmets and body armour chasing, beating and dragging people along the ground as the clashes continued after nightfall. El Pais newspaper said on its website that police fired rubber bullets, and media reported numerous injuries. Valencia regional police chief Antonio Moreno said police used "proportionate physical force" in comments to reporters broad...

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