Spain's miners are clashing with police and leading violet riots to protest the Government's move to cut coal subsidies.
Under pressure from the European Union to find savings, Spain has slashed mining subsidies by 63 per cent and unions say the move could cull up to 30,000 jobs.
Miners worried about their job security and economic situation have barricaded roads and railways, and held violent clashes with police and security forces.
Homemade weapons, shields, and makeshift firearms have been used by miners in the confrontations, which continue to worsen.
Last week a number of workers refused to leave their underground mine, and joined several sites in staging sit-ins.