About 5,000 police officers marched through the centre of Madrid on Saturday to protest salary cuts and the thinning of their ranks as Spain grapples with its sovereign debt crisis.
The officers, who had travelled from across Spain. rallied three days after the nation was gripped by a general strike over the austerity cuts. Health and education workers have already taken part in similar marches.
"Citizens! Forgive us for not arresting those truly responsible for this crisis: bankers and politicians," read one banner held aloft by a line of officers as they marched to the interior ministry.
Let's face it: That's a big step from this:
These patterns will repeat across the US, as the crisis moves from periphery to core, so this is a good portent.