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Migrant's death sparks Madrid protests

PROTEST: Riot police were called in as the protests spread through the multicultural Lavapiés district (Photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)

THE DEATH of a Senegalese man in Madrid has sparked protests across the city, as migrants clashed with Spanish police.

Reports say that the man - Mame Mbaye Ndiaye, said to be in his mid-30s - was found unconscious and died of a heart attack after reportedly being chased by the police.

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

According to AFP, riot police and firefighters were deployed to Lavapies, a district in the centre of the Spanish capital with a large immigrant population, as angry protesters set fire to dustbins and a motorbike, and threw stones at security forces.

BBC reports at least 19 people were lightly injured in the clashes and 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.

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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