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Riots in Spain and France due to anticovid restrictions


Several cities of France Y Spain were the scene of incidents Saturday night, with clashes Y unrest in protest by restraining measures imposed by the pandemic of covid-19Police sources from both countries reported.

In full lockdown in France, several cities near Paris, Y Bordeaux, They registered burned buses Y stoned Y fireworks shots against cops.

In recent years, the Halloween party on October 31 has been peppered with urban violence in different French cities.

In Sartrouville, in the department of Yvelines, close to the capital, firefighters intervened around 11:00 pm to put out a fire in a bus, empty of passengers.

The driver was able to get out when he realized that the vehicle was on fire, so there are no injuries, “firefighters said.

In another city, Mureaux, at around 10:00 pm several people threw “projectiles” at a team of policemen “without hitting them,” according to a police source, who added that the officers used tear gas grenades.

Among incidents in another city, agents were the target of “a score” of fireworks shots around 11:00 pm, according to the same source. No injuries were recorded.

There were also incidents in three other communities in the same department, according to police.

On Saturday night in Bordeaux, the body of a CRS police security forces van was pierced by a shell in the Aubiers neighborhood, where these officers were on patrol.

The hole “could correspond to that of a metallic object fired by a sling,” the police said, noting that the author could not be located.

In another neighborhood in this southwestern French city, a bus was stoned Saturday night by a dozen people, according to police, although there were no injuries.

Dozens of detainees in Spain

For their part, the Spanish police detained dozens of people from Saturday to Sunday in several cities in the country, where riots and protests against the restrictions imposed by the covid-19 took place for the second consecutive night.

The biggest altercations occurred in Madrid, with groups of protesters shouting “Freedom!” and mounting barricades in one of the main arteries of the capital, Gran Vía, according to images released by social networks.

Twelve people, including three policemen, were slightly injured in the clashes. The police announced that they arrested 32 people.

There were also riots in Logroño, capital of the La Rioja wine-growing area, where six people were arrested, as well as in Bilbao and Santander (north), as well as Malaga (south).

The president of the government, Pedro Sánchez, condemned the incidents.

Only from responsibility, unity and sacrifice will we be able to defeat the pandemic that is devastating all countries. Violent and irrational behavior by minority groups is intolerable. It is not the way, “the Spanish chief executive tweeted.

On Friday night, at least 20 policemen were injured in clashes with protesters in Barcelona (northeast), where 12 people were arrested.

More than 35 thousand people have died from covid-19 and more than 1.1 million were infected in Spain, which adopted a strict confinement in the boreal spring and where the numerous restrictions imposed since July were not enough to prevent the second wave that shakes the country. country.

In Spain, five regions, including Madrid, this week ordered a perimeter closure of the territory (you cannot enter or leave) and the deputies approved to extend the state of alarm for six months.