Madrid (AP) -- Riot police fired rubber bullets Wednesday at Spanish coal miners protesting in the streets of Madrid over subsidy cuts they fear will jeopardize their meager livelihood. Miners who walked 18 days from northern and eastern mining regions were received as heroes on Tuesday night as they entered the Puerta del Sol, one of the city's main plazas.
At least one volley of rubber bullets was fired directly a miners, relatives and sympathizers Wednesday as they gathered outside Spain's Industry Ministry after marching up Madrid's bullet hit. "We were walking peacefully to get to where the union leaders were speaking and they started to fire indiscriminately. There was no warning," Gonzalez said.