Barricades in Madrid, clashes in Barcelona, looting in Logrono as anti-lockdown protests grip Spain (VIDEOS)
Spain has been gripped by violence as anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in multiple cities, including Madrid and Barcelona, over the state and regional governments’ move to toughen Covid-19 restrictions.
Protesters torched garbage containers and erected makeshift barricades on Gran Via, and reportedly smashed several store fronts elsewhere in central Madrid on Saturday night.
BREAKING 🚨 Gran Via, #Madrid - lawlessness as protestors are on street clashing with police after they follow to be #Spain’s lockdown rules.Protests also happening in different cities of Spain like #Barcelona, #Logrono, #Burgos, #Vitoria, #Santander, #Valencia and #Zaragozapic.twitter.com/EmWEEsVYuX— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) November 1, 2020
When police moved in to clear the unruly gathering, they were pelted with stones and flares, and reportedly fired blank bullets, forcing the protesters to disperse into nearby streets.
Madrid. Cargas policiales para dispersar a los vándalos. pic.twitter.com/WKsyke3PkS— Antidisturbios 🇪🇸 (@FuerzasDelOrden) November 1, 2020
Meanwhile in Barcelona, police officers were pelted with stones and other projectiles, as they tried to disperse a smaller-scale anti-lockdown protest for the second consecutive night.
Aaand the second day of rioting and police activity in Barcelona. Not as bad as yesterday. pic.twitter.com/MhxRQy9v3C— ChlamydiaRises, MBE (@ChlamydiaRises) October 31, 2020
The regional government of Catalonia approved a new package of measures this week, including the perimeter confinement of each municipality, limiting people to their own district on weekends.Also on rt.com Violent clashes in Barcelona as protesters hurl missiles at police after Catalonia closes borders over Covid (VIDEOS)
Clashes also took place in the Spanish city of Logrono, where protesters burned trash containers, smashed windows and looted several shops.
Definitivamente Logroño está en guerra. Tengo miedo real pic.twitter.com/8aMEPxcDU7— Maikel Sáenz (@SaenzMaikel) October 31, 2020
❌ Absoluto rechazo a la violencia esta noche en las calles de #Logrono 🔴 Apoyo a los comerciantes afectados y a la @policia heridos.🔴 Mañana la @DelGobenLaRioja y el @AytoLogrono deben explicar por qué no se había previsto mejor el operativo si había una amenaza clara. pic.twitter.com/SBCytR0mc1— Javier Merino Martínez (@javier_merino) October 31, 2020
Heated protests were also reported in Granada, Malaga and Bilbao.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez urged Spaniards in a Saturday night tweet to show patience and demonstrate “responsibility, unity and sacrifice” to defeat the global pandemic, while condemning the “violent and irrational behavior” by a “small minority” of the population.
Disturbios y enfrentamientos entre la Policía Nacional y manifestantes en la Gran Vía de Madrid, a pocos minutos de entrar en vigor el toque de queda impuesto por el gobierno de España. Decenas de personas protestan contra las restricciones #31octpic.twitter.com/Aqa8ed6Rdm— Sergio Novelli (@SergioNovelli) November 1, 2020
Spain's parliament approved a six-month extension of the national state of emergency last week, granting regional authorities more power to tackle the country's second wave of Covid-19. This is Spain's third extension to the state of emergency during the pandemic and will be in force until May 9, but with an option for it to be lifted on March 9.
Under this new extension, regional governments have the power to control freedom of movement and curfew times without having to go through complicated fortnightly procedures in parliament. Since then, many regions have toughened their coronavirus measures, with nighttime curfews, lockdowns and travel restrictions.Also on rt.com Boris Johnson announces new 4-week England lockdown – all pubs, restaurants & ‘non-essential’ shops to shut down
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