Madrid police arrest eight in anti-Pope protests

Spanish police said on Thursday that they arrested eight demonstrators after violent clashes with protesters opposed to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

Eleven people were reported injured, including two police officers.

The violence broke out on Wednesday night as thousands of people gathered at Madrid’s Puerta del Sol.

They are angry that taxpayers’ money is being spent on the pontiff’s four-day trip at a time of severe economic crisis in Spain.

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