While Lagarde’s comments were met with applause inside the Guggenheim Museum where the forum was being held, the main street of Bilbao told a different story. A group of protesters smashed the shop windows of major shops including the department store El Corte Inglés and clothes chain Mango at around 10.30am, according to local daily Diario Vasco. A police van was also tipped over during the demonstration which saw hundreds of protesters chanting “Troika go home” — a reference to the IMF, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission. The troika are blamed by many in Spain by exacerbating the country’s crisis by demanding debt reduction and spending cuts. At least two people were arrested during the protests according to Spanish news agency Efe.