Transport chaos across Europe as millions take to streets in austerity protest and police fire rubber bullets at rioters

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Daniel Miller and Anthony Bond
14 November 2012

Thousands of British air passengers have been left stranded today as a wave of anti-austerity strikes hit mainland Europe leaving many cities paralysed and bringing violence to the streets.

Heathrow has seen 35 cancellations – with British Airways axing flights to Madrid and Barcelona as well as return services to Lisbon in Portugal – while Gatwick Airport reported approximately 13 cancellations.

EasyJet has cancelled some UK-Spanish services as well as more than 20 flights within mainland Europe.

Across the continent there were scenes of violent protest with rubber bullets fired on the streets of Madrid, running battles with police in Milan and Rome, and clashes in Paris and Lille.

So far, 110 people have been arrested in Spain – including two allegedly with materials to make explosive – and 40 have been injured, including 18 police officers..

Riot police in Madrid fired the rubber bullets after protestors threw fireworks and hurled stones at police officers.

In the city of Tarragona, in Catalonia, a ten-year-old boy was reportedly left bleeding from the head after being beaten in a police charge.

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