Spanish Parliament braces for protest

Sep 25, 2012, 5:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with rows of metal barriers manned by dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis.

The demonstration, organized behind the slogan 'Occupy Congress,' is expected to draw thousands of people from around Spain. It is due to start around 1730 GMT Tuesday.

Madrid's regional Interior Ministry delegation said some 1,300 police would be deployed.

The protestors say they have no intention of storming the chamber but will try to march around it.

They are calling for Parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections held, claiming the government's austerity measures show the ruling Popular Party misled voters to get elected last November.