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World Clashes in Spain over virus restrictions for second night

13:15  01 november  2020
13:15  01 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The clashes erupted when hundreds gathered in the city centre to protest at restrictions which include a 10:00 pm curfew and a ban Despite the many restrictions imposed in Spain since July, when the number of cases began rising again, infections have spiralled with the virus claiming more than 35

Spanish riot police have clashed with protesters marching against coronavirus restrictions imposed following a surge of COVID-19 cases. Spain 's prime minister has condemned a series of violent protests in cities across the country against restrictions imposed to curb the surge of COVID-19 after

Police in Spain made dozens of arrests during clashes with protestors for a second consecutive night as demonstrators took to the streets to denounce the new coronavirus restrictions.

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The clashes erupted when hundreds gathered in the city centre to protest at restrictions which include a 10:00 pm curfew and a ban on leaving the city for the long holiday weekend. Police and demonstrators clash in Plaça de Sant Jaume in Barcelona at a protest over virus restrictions .

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In some cities, looting and vandalism broke out on the fringes of the protests.

The biggest disturbances were in Madrid where scores of demonstrators chanting "freedom!" torched rubbish bins and set up makeshift barricades on the city's main thoroughfare, the Gran Via, images on social media showed.

When police moved in to clear the gathering, they were pelted with stones and flares.

Twelve people including three police officers were lightly injured in the clashes, emergency services said. Police said they arrested 32 people.

In Logrono, the capital of the northern wine-producing region of La Rioja, a small group of people burned garbage bins and smashed shop windows. 

The trouble broke out following a peaceful protest against the closure of restaurants and bars in the region as part of widening virus restriction in Spain.

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Despite the many restrictions imposed in Spain since July, when the number of cases began rising again, infections have spiralled with the virus claiming more than 35,000 lives and infecting more than 1.1 million people. Almost all of Spain 's regions have imposed border closures in the hope of avoiding

The clashes erupted when hundreds gathered in the city centre to protest at restrictions which include a 10:00 pm curfew and a ban on leaving the city for the long holiday weekend. Police and demonstrators clash in Plaça de Sant Jaume in Barcelona at a protest over virus restrictions .

Hooded youths wearing face masks ran out of a clothing shop with armfuls of items in their hand as a security alarm bared, images on local media showed.

"We earn our living working and in five minutes they destroyed our lives," the owner of the shop, Cristina Perez, told a local television station.

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Police arrested six people in Logrono, a national police spokeswoman said. Another ten people were detained in protests held in the northern cities on Bilbao and Santander, she added.

In the southern city of Malaga a small group of demonstrators overturned rubbish bins and threw bottles at police.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez condemned the unrest. "Violent and irrational behaviour by minority groups is intolerable. It is not the way," he tweeted.

"Only from responsibility, unity and sacrifice will we be able to defeat the pandemic that is devastating all countries."

At least 20 police officers were injured on Friday night in clashes with protesters in central Barcelona and 12 were arrested. 

Spain last week imposed a nationwide nighttime curfew to try to halt the rise of Covid-19 infections and almost all of Spain's regions have imposed regional border closures to prevent long-distance travel.

Despite the many restrictions imposed in Spain since July, when the number of cases began rising again, infections have spiralled. The virus has killed more than 35,000 people in Spain and infected more than 1.1 million. 

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