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Chaos In Madrid: Citizens Rise Up Against 'Corrupt' Police State

Spanish capital Madrid descended into chaos as riots broke out

 on 16th March 2018 @ 4.03pm
madrid engulfed in flames as rioters and protesters rebelled against the police © press
Madrid engulfed in flames as rioters and protesters rebelled against the police.

Spanish capital Madrid descended into chaos as riots broke out following the death of a street vendor who reportedly suffered a heart attack after he was chased by Spanish police.

Protester swarmed the streets of Madrid to try and bring awareness what they call a "corrupt police state" - the demonstration saw a large scale destruction throughout the city with many cars and shops being damaged.

Footage revealed the region being engulfed in flames as rioters and protesters rebelled against the police.

spanish police responded to the riots with charges and rubber bullets and six © press
Spanish police responded to the riots with charges and rubber bullets and six

Daily Express reports: Firefighters were brought in to put out flames throughout the neighborhood after furious protesters torched bins and reaped havoc on the city.

Spanish police responded to the riots with charges and rubber bullets and six Spanish people were arrested, according to El Pais.

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Spain chaos: Madrid lit up in flames as furious protesters take to the streets
Footage from Ruptly shows residents fight back against riot police as they protested through the borough once described as the "Spanish bronx”.

Spanish police brutally struck protesters with batons in an attempt to shut down the chaos.

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Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena insisted there will be an investigation into the incident.

The protests began following the death of 35-year-old street hawker Mame Mbaye who died on Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Witnesses claim Senegalese street vendor died after being pursued by police on motorbikes but City sources told El Pais there was no police chase.

Migrants clashed with security forces in central Madrid following the death of a Senegalese man whom they said was chased through the streets by police. Riot police and firefighters were deployed to Lavapies, a district in the centre of the Spanish capital with a large immigrant population, as angry protesters set fire to dustbins and a motorbike, and threw stones at security forces.

An emergency services call was made by local police officers in the area and according to the official police report, the officers had found a man lying on the ground not breathing.

The local police officers reportedly attempted to resuscitate Mr Mbaye until emergency services arrived at the scene.

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena insisted there will be an investigation into the incident.

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Spain chaos: Protestors fought back against riot police in Madrid on Thursday night
The protests in the Madrid region of Lavapies have continued into Friday.

General director of the Police Germán López Iglesias claimed radicals "could have taken advantage" of the protests.

He added: “These are unpleasant events and in Spain, we are not used to riots happening so suddenly.”

Mr López Iglesias said the National Police responded to a call from the Municipal Police, "when some of the incidents had already taken place as a result of the death of a Senegalese citizen.”

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Spain chaos: Furious protesters torched bins in the Lavapies region of Madrid
He referenced the circumstances of the death of Mmame Mbage and said: “It was surely an accident that turned into a disproportionate situation.

“Some radicals take advantage of these things to somehow say what they think through these unpleasant facts.”

He added: "Everything started with an initial incident and I do not know if anyone has taken advantage of this event.”

Spanish National Police are investigating the origin of the riots, according to police sources.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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