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Madrid protests: Street vendor's death sparks violent clashes

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image captionRiot police were called in as the protests spread through the multicultural Lavapiés district

Migrants have clashed with Spanish police in Madrid after the death of a Senegalese street vendor who they say had been chased by officers.

Protesters set fire to a motorbike and dustbins and threw stones in the Lavapiés district.

Officials say Mame Mbaye Ndiaye, said to be in his mid-30s, was found unconscious and died of a heart attack.

At least 19 people were lightly injured in the clashes, officials said. Ten police officers were also hurt.

The clashes are said to have lasted from 21:00 until 01:30 local time (20:00-00:30 GMT), spreading from street to street. Bus stops and some bank branches were damaged, and dustbins set on fire.

Earlier this month, a Senegalese street vendor was shot dead in the Italian city of Florence, sparking large protests by the Senegalese community there.

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Protesters in Spain said Mr Ndiaye had arrived in the country by boat 12 years ago. He had reportedly worked as a vendor illegally and sent money back to his family.

"Municipal police arrived and chased him from Sol to Lavapiés with a motorbike," said Modou, a 25-year-old vendor from Senegal.

"In the end, he died here," he told the AFP news agency.

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image captionSpanish police carry a protester after a police charge
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image captionFriends of the dead man insist he was chased to his death by police

Six people were arrested during the protests, a spokesperson for Madrid Police told Spanish news agency Efe.

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena said the city would investigate thoroughly what happened and respond accordingly.

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