Miners’ strike: 14 injured as thousands rally in Madrid (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

At least 14 people have been injured, including two journalists and eight policemen, during a demonstration of nearly 10,000 miners in Madrid. Clashes have erupted as workers from all over Spain protested against the budget cuts to the industry.

­The clashes started with miners throwing firecrackers at police officers surrounding the Ministry of Industry building. Police had to disperse the violent crowd using batons, reportedly firing rubber bullets as well.

Fourteen people have been injured in clashes, most of them police officers, local media reports. Two people have been arrested.

Thousands of miners arrived in Madrid on Thursday in some 100 coaches to protest against drastic subsidy cuts to the industry. The organizers put the total number of protesters at 10,000, while the authorities estimate the figure at around 5,000. The march stated at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and ended outside the Ministry of Industry.

In the wake of the incident, the miner unions have called for an indefinite strike until the government revises budget cuts.

Miners take part in a demonstration in Madrid on May 31, 2012 to protest against cuts in government subsidies to the sector (AFP Photo/Javier Soriano)
Miners take part in a demonstration in Madrid on May 31, 2012 to protest against cuts in government subsidies to the sector (AFP Photo/Javier Soriano)
(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
(AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
Policemen stand guard during a miners demonstration against cuts in government subsidies to the sector on May 31, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
Policemen stand guard during a miners demonstration against cuts in government subsidies to the sector on May 31, 2012 in Madrid (AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
A miner throws a firecracker during a demonstration to protest against cuts in government subsidies to the sector in Madrid on May 31, 2012 (AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
A miner throws a firecracker during a demonstration to protest against cuts in government subsidies to the sector in Madrid on May 31, 2012 (AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou)
Spanish National Police officers in full riot gear struggle with a protester during a coal miners demonstration in Madrid May 31, 2012 (Reuters/Sergio Perez)
Spanish National Police officers in full riot gear struggle with a protester during a coal miners demonstration in Madrid May 31, 2012 (Reuters/Sergio Perez)