Street vendor's death sparks riot in Madrid

Spanish riot police facing off against protesters during a violent demonstration in Madrid on Thursday night. The protesters were angry over the death of a Senegalese street vendor who they said was chased through the streets by police. They set fire
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Spanish riot police facing off against protesters during a violent demonstration in Madrid on Thursday night.

The protesters were angry over the death of a Senegalese street vendor who they said was chased through the streets by police.

They set fire to dustbins and a motorcycle, and threw stones at security forces in Lavapies, a district in the centre of the Spanish capital with a large immigrant population.

Police arrested six people and said 10 officers were injured in the unrest.

Street vendors are a fixture of Madrid.

While illegal, the trade is often the only way for many migrants to earn a living.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2018, with the headline 'Street vendor's death sparks riot in Madrid'. Print Edition | Subscribe