Thousands of women went on strike throughout Spain, joining millions of other women around the world, demanding gender equality in the conditions of wage differentials between men and women, violence and general inequality, the Associated Press reported.
Two major unions called for a two-hour strike.
However, the March 8 Commission, which unites women's rights advocates, argues that the strike should last 24 hours.
Rallies under the slogan "1000 reasons" are scheduled on Friday in dozens of Spanish cities, including Madrid, where mass protests took place in March.
It is expected that in the evening several ministers will join the march in Madrid to demonstrate support for social mobilization.
At the beginning of the year, in hundreds of cities in Spain, thousands of people, mostly women, took to the streets in protest against the threat to gender equality in connection with the presence of Vox the ultra-right party in the Andalusian regional parliament.
Up to hundreds of feminists and citizens supporting them gathered on Mykhailivska Square. They insist that March 8 is a day of struggle for the rights of women. In contrast, one and a half hundred participants of the right-wing organizations Traditions and Order and the Brotherhood came to the rally.
After the provocation and the ensuing clash, at least two opponents of the march were detained. At the moment they are in a police car.
A few hundred policemen and soldiers of the National Guard provide order at the place of the action.
The press service of the capital police later confirmed the information about the arrests in the city center, adding that there were three detainees. They were taken to the police office.