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June 21, 2012

Miners strike not a minor struggle

Spanish workers protest harsh cuts to mining industry.
A coal miner uses a plank to make a burning barricade in front of the main gate of the "Pozo Santiago" mine in Caborana, northern Spain. [Reuters]

A coal miner’s strike in Spain took a violent turn in recent days as law enforcement officials and strikers clashed in the mining areas of Asturias and León. About 8,000 miners have been striking since late May over fears that the government’s planned subsidy cuts to the mining sector will result in lost jobs. The proposed cuts are part of larger austerity measures to reduce the national deficit. The miners argue that the government is targeting the working class while bailing out the country's big banks.