Spanish Miners Protests

Europe is in crisis and especially the weaker Southern economies are feeling the pain. They over extended themselves in the fat years and now the lean ones have arrived they have now piggy bank to raid. Cuts are being made all over the place and in Spain one of the industries affected is mining. Protests and violence have been going on for weeks and their are no signs it will stop any time soon. [29 photos total]

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Coal miners collect rocks during confrontation with the riot Civil Guard in Cinera, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner throws a rock during confrontation with the riot Civil Guard in Cinera, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner gestures as others collect rocks during confrontation with the riot Civil Guard in Cinera, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners run and throw rocks during confrontations with the riot Civil Guard in Cinera, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A man crosses a barricade during a protest by coal miners against government cuts in the mining sector, in Cinera (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners wait near a barricade during a protest against government cuts in the mining sector, in Cinera (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners blocked the Madrid-Gijon railway during a protest against government cuts in the mining sector in Cinera (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner collects bottles for a barricade during a protest against government cuts, along National Highway 630 in Cinera (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner throws a screw onto a barricade during a protest in Cinera (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners talk during the 23rd day of their sit-in protest at the mine of Santa Cruz del Sil, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miner Segundo sits during a sit-in protest at the mine of Santa Cruz del Sil, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miner Perez is reflected on a mirror during a sit-in protest at the mine of Santa Cruz del Sil, northern Spain (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners speak as they lead journalists to the area of a sit-in protest at the mine of Santa Cruz del Sil (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miner Primitivo is sorrounded by fellow demonstrators during a sit-in protest at the mine of Santa Cruz del Sil (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners pose for a photo during the 23rd day of their sit-in protest at the mine of Santa Cruz del Sil (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners fire a rocket during a clash with Spanish national riot police in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners fire a rocket during a clash with Spanish national riot police in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners fire rockets during a clash with Spanish national riot police in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner use a slingshot in a clash with Spanish national riot police in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A miner fires a home-made rocket as he hides behind a wall during a clash with Spanish national riot police inside the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Spanish national riot police take cover behind a police van after firing tear gas canisters during a clash with coal miners in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Coal miners fire a rocket during a clash with Spanish national riot police in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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Spanish national riot police try to take cover after a home-made rocket explodes near them during clashes with coal miners inside the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A home-made rocket explodes next to Spanish national riot police as they take cover behind mine wagons during clashes with coal miners in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner shouts during clashes with Spanish national riot police in the surroundings of the El Soton coal mine in El Entrego (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A masked coal miner speaks to media at the main gate of Pozo Santiago mine in Caborana (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner uses a plank to carry a burning tire to be used as a barricade in front of the main gate of the Pozo Santiago mine in Caborana (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner uses a plank to carry a burning tire to be used as a barricade in front of the main gate of the Pozo Santiago mine in Caborana (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #
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A coal miner uses a plank to make a burning barricade in front of the main gate of the Pozo Santiago mine in Caborana (ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS) #

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