WASHINGTON — A protest turned violent in Madrid, where protesters focused on opposing a northern city’s plans to turn a street into a tree-lined boulevard.
Reuters reported that the city of Burgos received a lot of criticism for its central government-planned project to build an underground parking garage and other components.
The cost could go up to over 8 million euros in a city that has at least 500 million euros of debt. Corruption is a big problem in Spain, and the Burgos plan is one of several programs that Spaniards think are corrupt. The Madrid protest was one of 46 throughout the country. The protests also led to 11 arrests and 11 injuries, Madrid police reported. Five police officers were among the injured.
It did not help that the protesters became rioters, tossing smoke bombs, chairs from street terraces and burned garbage containers.