Police arrest more than 50 Spanish students after education reform protest
A garbage cleaner walks by a line of Spanish riot police as they stand guard in front of the City Hall building in Madrid on March 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:31AM EDT
MADRID, Spain -- Spanish police say they have arrested more than 50 students during a protest at a Madrid university during the first day of a strike to protest a government education reform and cutbacks in grants and staffing.
A police spokeswoman said the arrests occurred as police moved in to end the occupation of a campus building after Complutense University had asked them to intervene.
She spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn't authorized to give her name for use as a police spokeswoman.
Students, many with their faces covered, set fire to trash containers and set up barricades on at least two streets in the university complex during the protest.
There were no reports of clashes or injuries.