Riots hit Madrid amid outrage over death of African street vendor

Riots hit Madrid amid outrage over death of African street vendor

Riots hit Madrid amid outrage over death of African street vendor

At least 20 people sustained mild injuries in the violent clashes, including 10 anti-riot police.

The death, and the clashes between riot police and protesters that followed late on Thursday in a central Madrid neighbourhood, cast a spotlight on the precarious situation of a large community of undocumented migrants. They were trying to revive him when emergency workers arrived, but he died of cardiac arrest.

Illegal street sellers, many of them African migrants, are a common sight in Madrid and other Spanish cities.

An emergency services spokesperson said Mbage was found unconscious on a street in Lavapiés by police on patrol.

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Friends of the victim, identified as Mamme M., say he died after being chased by police from the Plaza Mayor to Lavapies, Europapress reports. Rioters also set fire to the facade of a bank branch and broke glass partitions at a bus stop.

The protests have continued into Friday in the Madrid region of Lavapies.

Protesters in Spain said Ndiaye had arrived in the country by boat twelve years ago. "From City Hall we will investigate thoroughly what happened and act accordingly", she wrote on Twitter.

He called for reflection on "the way they experience daily situations of fighting for survival, when you constantly escape from the police, with the constant fear of being arrested".

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"Municipal police arrived and chased him from Sol to Lavapiés with a motorbike", said Modou, a 25-year-old vendor from Senegal who refused to give his surname.

Spain is the third busiest gateway for migrants coming to Europe, with close to 23,000 arrivals in 2017.

Human rights groups regularly criticise the way migrants are dealt with in Spain, with detention centres often full, and limited access to asylum demands at the border.

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