Spanish police fired shots that killed two students during a violence demonstration in madrid. Officers?
Spanish police fired shots that killed two students during a violence demonstration in madrid. Officers opened fire when a police vehicle was attacked by a group of demonstrators. The shootings came after a day of protests in the city by more than one hundred thousand students and workers on Thursday (13 December).
SYNOPSIS: The students' demonstration was a protest at the Spanish Government's proposed new university statutes, which, they claim, will discriminate against working class entrants.
More than fifteen thousand students took part in the protest, which had been authorised by Madrid's Civil Governor. At first, it was peaceful, but later, left-wing students clashed with the police, setting up road blocks and hurling bricks.
The two students who died were shot at when streets were blocked as a trades union demonstration was in progress. The workers were protesting about a new labour relations law, which is being debated by the Spanish Parliament - the Cortes. Tear gas had earlier been used to disperse the demonstrators but the police were forced to open fire when their Landrover was overturned.
Students have been boycotting lectures for a week, protesting against the government's plans to reform the University rules. Now, the students say, there'll be more demonstrations over the shootings.