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Appeals for calm after riots in Spanish town

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Appeals for calm after riots in Spanish town


The Spanish town of Roquetas de Mar remains tense after disturbances at the weekend in which an African immigrant was fatally stabbed.

Hundreds of people took part in a protest against living conditions that they say contributed to the violence. It erupted after a Senegalese man was reportedly knifed after he tried to intervene in a dispute between Senegalese and Roma families. Buildings were damaged and cars burnt in the unrest. The mayor of the town in the south east of the country appealed for calm. “I ask you to show the capacity of our community to live together, as we have down and will do,” he said. Eight African immigrants were arrested after the rioting that occurred on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Around a third of the population in the town are migrants. The region’s vast agricultural sector is heavily dependent on workers from abroad.

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