Spain: arrests at anti-labor market reform protest

(AP) MADRID — Officials says nine men have been arrested in scuffles between police and protesters at an impromptu demonstration following the government’s approval of sweeping labor market reforms aimed at reviving Spain’s ailing economy. A Madrid city police spokesman said eight officers and one protester were slightly injured during the clashes in the capital’s downtown Puerta del Sol plaza. The spokesman said those arrested — aged 22 to 41 years old — would appear before a judge Sunday. Spanish unemployment stands at nearly 23 percent, the eurozone’s highest rate, and the government said its reforms, announced Friday, are designed to stimulate the job market. The spokesman spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity in keeping with force rules.

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