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Spanish police break up clash between rival demonstrators in Madrid

Spanish police break up clash between rival demonstrators in Madrid

Spanish police broke up a clash between far-right demonstrators and counter-protesters in downtown Madrid on Friday, firing tear gas and clearing burning cars and trash containers.
Two far-right wing groups _ Nacion y Revolucion and Combat Espana _ which had been given permission by city authorities to demonstrate in Madrid's central Tirso de Molina square began to congregate at around 8:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) among heavy police presence.
Groups carrying anti-Nazi banners attempted to disrupt the demonstration when police charged, scattering clusters of demonstrators in different directions, including toward the largely immigrant Lavapies district.
Alex Sand, a British tourist caught up in the action, said some right wing groups began running into Lavapies district and residents tried to stop them.
"People started pulling dustbins into the street and setting fire to them, there were cars set on fire," said Sand.
"The police started charging down the street and it seemed the fascist groups were behind them and people got really scared," said Sand.
Local resident Isabel Sotomayor said she saw men dressed in black, their faces covered, throwing cobblestones at the police.
Several banks had their windows and cash dispensing machines broken in streets around Madrid's historic old quarter.
Police officers declined to say if any arrests had taken place, but press reports said six persons were seen being detained.
Emergency services said one person who suffered light injuries had been treated and released.


Updated : 2021-02-26 15:59 GMT+08:00