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4 arrested in clashes with police in Madrid suburb

4 arrested in clashes with police in Madrid suburb

Spanish youths on Saturday night overturned bins and threw stones at police and journalists in a Madrid suburb for a second weekend, though in much smaller numbers than previously.
Four people were arrested and two officers were slightly injured, police said.
Last weekend up to 1,000 youths took part in overnight street battles between Spanish and immigrant gangs in Alcorcon, a dormitory town south of Madrid. Seven people were arrested and at least four injured.
The youths, many with their faces covered and wielding sticks and bars, had gathered to protest a street fight between some Spanish youths and Latin American immigrants. They blamed the Latin Americans for a stabbing.
The incident was highly publicized in the Spanish media as racist violence, but authorities have played down suggestions that the clashes last week marked an explosion of xenophobia.
On Saturday night, hundreds goaded police and overturned bins and even a car in isolated incidents, police said.
Riot police units patrolled the neighborhood all Saturday and were expected to stay on Sunday in Alcorcon to prevent any clashes.
During the week, text messages had been sent between teenagers calling for another battle against Latin gangs. Far-right radicals had also been called to attend the demonstrations.