8. Mid of miners carrying flags through crowd, towards Puerta del Sol Square
9. Various of supporters
10. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Victor Luis Perez, Miner:
"Tiredness? What tiredness? Do you call tiredness to walk 450 kilometres and get here to see all this? No way! We don't have any blisters or cramps, nothing like that after seeing this reception. This is so impressive. And our message for the people is for them to wake up and get out on the streets too and fight, fight for their own, and fight all of us together."
11. Wide of miners and supporters in Puerta del Sol Square
Spanish coal miners angered by huge cuts in government subsidies for their industry converged on Madrid on Tuesday for protest rallies, after walking nearly three weeks under a blazing sun from the pits where they eke out a living.
Two columns of miners met up in a Madrid suburb in the evening.
They marched downtown at night, trudging along major avenues to the Puerta del Sol, the Spanish capital's most emblematic square, where young demonstrators opposed to austerity cuts prompted by the financial crisis in Spain and Europe camped out last year in defiance of a government ban.
The miners, wearing hard hats with lights turned on were joined by thousands of sympathisers in the city.
One group of about 160 miners walked all the way from the northern Asturias and Leon regions, as many as 400 kilometres (250 miles) away from Madrid, and about 40 made an almost equally long trek from the northeastern Aragon region.
"We don't have any blisters or cramps, nothing like that after seeing this reception. This is so impressive. And our message for the people is for them to wake up and get out on the streets too and fight, fight for their own, and fight all of us together," said miner Victor Luis Perez.
A much bigger rally of miners and their supporters travelling to Madrid aboard hundreds of chartered buses is scheduled for Wednesday.
The miners' complaints include a 63 percent cut in subsidies to coal mining companies struggling to maintain a share of the Spanish energy market against gas-fired electrical plants and renewable energy sources, while fighting to hold their own against cheaper imported coal.
Coal miners make an average of 1,200 euros (1,470 US dollars) a month, according to The General Union of Workers (UGT).
Today there are 8,000-9,000 coal miners in Spain, whereas 20 years ago there were nearly 30,000 in Asturias alone.
Besides cuts in subsidies to the coal companies, Spain's conservative government that took power in December has enacted austerity-minded cuts in funding for miners to learn new professions and for school grants for their children in the generally poor mining regions where they live.
Before setting out for Madrid, miners clashed with Spanish police in Leon.
Miners used homemade rockets and slingshots against police, barricading a highway and a rail line in the northern town of Cinera on 19 June.
At one point, some 80 officers firing rubber bullets were repelled by hundreds of miners and forced to retreat.