BARCELONA, Spain, June 15 (UPI) -- A large protest encouraged by the Spanish M-15 movement left 36 people injured in Barcelona after a clash with authorities, officials said.
Twelve regional police officers were hurt and 24 protesters were hospitalized Wednesday when more than 2,000 demonstrators blocked the entry to the Catalan regional Parliament, EFE reported.
The group said it was protesting against Spain's 2012 budget that aims to cut public spending by 10 percent.
Many elected politicians who entered the parliamentary grounds were heckled by protesters and spray painted with the color red.
Police said they used legitimate force that was necessary to handle the crowds.
The M-15 movement began before elections May 22, demanding reform of Spain's democratic system.