A miner stands behind a burning barricade in Montico, Spain, Thursday, May, 24, 2012. Eight Spanish coal miners are staging a protest underground as part of nationwide strike action by unions opposed to cuts in government subsidies to the sector. General Workers Union mining spokesman Victor Fernandez said some 8,000 workers took part Wednesday in the first of four strike days this month to protest subsidy reductions from euros300 million to euros110 million. Spain is applying across-the-board cutbacks as part of an economy overhaul aimed at slashing its swollen deficit and reducing the country's near 25 percent unemployment rate(AP Photo/Juan Manuel Serrano)