- Title: SPAIN: Anti-Pope demonstrators clash with police in Santiago de Compostela
- Date: 5th November 2010
- Summary: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, SPAIN (NOVEMBER 4, 2010) (REUTERS) (NIGHTSHOTS) DEMONSTRATORS FROM THE FEMINIST LEAGUE OF GALICIA HOLDING BANNER READING 'WOMEN DO NOT WAIT FOR YOU." DEMONSTRATORS BEHIND LINE OF RIOT POLICE BLOCKING MARCH POLICEMAN TALKING TO PROTESTERS AND WAVING THEM AWAY/ DEMONSTRATORS POLICE CHARGING TOWARDS DEMONSTRATORS IN A SIDE STREET AND HITTING THEM WITH THEIR BATONS POLICE VANS DRIVING DOWN ROAD RIOT POLICE STANDING BY SIDE STREET, ONE HOLDING RUBBER BULLET GUN RIOT POLICE PUSHING DUMPED BIN OUT OF ROAD RIOT POLICE CHARGING DOWN STREET WOMAN YELLING AT LINE OF RIOT POLICE WOMEN HELPING INJURED WOMAN ON ROAD
- Embargoed: 20th November 2010 12:00
- Location: Spain
- Country: Spain
- Topics: Religion
- Reuters ID: LVAOBTMJAW31PYOV2Z5AJ76MR0F
- Story Text: Demonstrators opposed to Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Spain clash with riot police in Santiago de Compostela where the Holy Father will hold mass on Saturday.
Demonstrators clashed with police after about 150 people staged a protest in Santiago de Compostela on Thursday (November 4) against the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI.
Trouble began after a demonstration organised by a diverse group consisting of atheists, gay rights activists and feminists began to disperse when they were prevented from marching through the town which the Holy Father will visit on Saturday (November 7) before heading to Barcelona.
Santiago de Compostela is one of the holiest sites in Roman Catholicism and attracts the faithful from around the globe.
Secular Spaniards are angry over the Pope's visit because of it's reported high cost at a time when the country is experiencing the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone. Others, like those at Thursday night's demo, are against the Catholic Church's rejection of gay marriage and abortion as well as the Vatican's handling of sexual abuse case by priests.
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