Protestors in Madrid clash with security forces over death of immigrant

Protestors in Madrid clash with security forces over death of immigrant

Bins were set on fire during the protests

Friday, March 16, 2018

Protestors in Madrid angered by the death of an immigrant who was allegedly chased by police clashed with authorities yesterday (March 15).

Security forces had stones thrown at them by the protestors who also set fire to bins as well as a motorbike.

Protestors had been outraged by the death of Mmame Mbage, a Senegalese street vendor, who they claimed was chased through the streets by police before his death.

Other vendors had claimed they'd seen police chasing him before he died, however the emergency services said the man, who came to Spain 12 years ago, was actually discovered unconscious in the street by police in Lavapies.

Emergency services say they attempted to revive him however he died of a cardiac arrest, according to The Local.

Others dispute this and one street vendor said: "Municipal police arrived and chased him from Sol to Lavapiés with a motorbike.

He told AFP "at the end he died here" and other vendors backed up his story.

Despite arriving in Spain more than 10 years ago Mbage was illegally working in the country to send funds back to his family.