Caught on tape: riot police clash with anti-pope protesters in Madrid

Details, from AFP:

Spanish riot police clashed for a second night with protesters as Pope Benedict XVI’s lavish visit inspired a rapturous reception from pilgrims but deep resentment over the costs.

Anti-riot police late Thursday swung batons to disperse about 150 protesters, seething over the scale of the party, who had gathered in the central square of Puerta del Sol.

“They hit me five or six times,” said a 30-year-old protester bleeding from the elbow, who gave only his first name Bruno.

The Puerta del Sol, birthplace of Spain’s widespread “indignant” protests over the handling of an economic crisis, was also the scene of clashes on the previous night between activists and police.

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  1. I love the World Youth Days but I also understand the resentment of some after reading that major corporations that are underwriting the costs of the Pope’s visit are getting huge tax breaks (and Spain could use those taxes…)

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