The General strike in Madrid seems to have cooled off for the moment around the main train station Atocha Renfe. The majority of passengers waiting for the odd train to come in appear to be tourists carrying heavy bags and trying to get to the airport or Chamartín station in the North of the city.
At around 2.30 pm at Plaza de Cibeles, protesters were subject to a Police Charge which caused at least 15 injuries , some of them police but the majority were Strikers. The injuries could be treated on the spot by SAMUR, civil protection (para-medics).
Most demonstrations by the strikers are taking place around Gran Vía and Cibeles, yet further north along El Paseo Del Prado to Plaza de Castillana various groups have gathered to continue a presence throughout the day and until at 6.30 pm this evening when renewed en masse protests will begin in concentration.
Some protesters took to two wheels and kept themselves mobile by riding bicycles to various location , north and south, along the main Broadway of Madrid. Paseo del Prado to Paseo de Castillana in the north.
Although all the Spanish papers report that El Corte Inglés and FNAC shops have opened without problems – after being heavily guarded by Policía – many shops in the barrios have not opened today. Even the well known “Chinos” shops run by Asian families have refused to open for business.
Most of the demonstrations are taking place in the main plazas and central roads in Madrid Centro and its satellite towns and villages. The barrios seem quiet and without incident so far.