Spanish police and protestors clash at Madrid austerity rally

  • Spanish police fired rubber bullets and baton-charged protesters attending a rally against austerity in Madrid on Tuesday.

    The clashes took place after protesters attempted to tear down barricades blocking access to Parliament.

    Demonstrators, known as the Indignants, say "Occupy Congress" was a protest against the kidnapping of democracy.

    According to Spanish media reports, some 20 people were arrested and 13 others were injured in the clashes.

    The demonstrations come as Spain's provinces ramp up pressure on the central government with requests of a new bailout and an early election.

    The Spanish government has had to borrow heavily in order to cope with a property bubble burst, a recession and the poorest unemployment rate in the eurozone.

    After nine months in government, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has still resisted calls to request a bailout.