Protesters unhappy with the Pope’s visit to Spain were out in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square on Thursday evening. Furious at the cost of hosting the Pontiff, they traded insults with pilgrims happy to see Benedict XVI in the city as it marks World Youth Day.
Police had earlier blocked off the square and used vans to hem in the demonstrators. Later, police dispersed the protesters, chasing them and hitting them with batons. Eight people were arrested.