Fresh trouble broke out on the Madrid University campus on Thursday (20 January) as students and police battled on the fourth consecutive day of violence.
GV Students in street
GV Students scatter leaflets and others picking leaflets up
GV ZOOM IN Trees dropped across road (2 shots)
GV Riot police assembling
GV Riot police moving into faculty building
GV Student being taken away by officer
GV Water-cannon truck along road
SV Another student taken from faculty steps
GVs Students run from faculty into street (3 shots)
GV Mounted police along sidewalk
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Background: Fresh trouble broke out on the Madrid University campus on Thursday (20 January) as students and police battled on the fourth consecutive day of violence.
Large numbers of armed riot police in jeeps and on horseback spent more than two hours breaking up groups of students who had gathered to protest against the recent dismissal of 4,000 medical students and the continuing presence of police on the University campus.
There were reports of widely scattered incidents throughout the city as groups of students tried in vain to start protest marches. Police out access roads onto the campus itself and a helicopter hovered overhead during the morning and early afternoon.
Four foreign newsmen who witnessed the scene were ordered away and were later detained by police for about an hour. Their cameras and tape recorders were confiscated. Visnews cameraman Mike Core managed to film Thursday's disturbances without interruption.
SYNOPSIS: Students on Madrid University's campus clashed with police again on Thursday, the fourth consecutive day that violent bad flared over the dismissal of 4,000 medical students for boycotting classes There were reports of widely scattered incidents tried in vain to launch protest marches.
All access roads to the campus were blocked and a police helicopter hovered overhead during the morning and early afternoon. Thursday was the third anniversary of the death of a student, allegedly killed after police brutality during the last major student-police clashes in Madrid.
The most violent campus clash came at the faculty of architecture shortly after when a squad of riot police charged the doors and drove away a number of students. Some 300 had barricaded themselves inside the building, piling chairs, tables and other furniture against the doors and screaming slogans at the police massed outside.
Dozens of students were detained, while student sources replied with claims that even policemen had been injured during the clashes. Four foreign newsmen were also reported to have been detained, and their cameras and tape recorders confiscated. By dusk the situation had quietened down, but police continued their patrols along areas adjoining the university.