MADRID -- There's widespread anger in Spain and Portugal over austerity measures being imposed by the two governments.
Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in the streets of both Lisbon and Madrid on Saturday.
The demonstration in Madrid turned violent after Spaniards enraged over a long-lasting recession and sky-high unemployment clashed with riot police for the third time in less than a week near Parliament.
The latest violence came after thousands of Spaniards who had marched close to the Parliament building in downtown Madrid protested peacefully for hours. Police with batons later moved in just before midnight to clear out those who remained late because no permission had been obtained from authorities to hold the demonstration. Some protesters responded by throwing bottles and rocks.
In neighboring Portugal, tens of thousands took to the streets of Lisbon to peacefully protest against even deeper austerity cutbacks than Spain has imposed.
Both countries are receiving some form of financial help from the eurozone.