A total of eight African immigrants were arrested after weekend riots erupted in a southern Spanish town following the fatal stabbing of a Senegalese man.
MADRID - Spanish police have arrested a total of eight African
immigrants after weekend riots erupted in a southern town following
the fatal stabbing of a Senegalese man, officers said on Monday.
Four of the men, two from Senegal and two from Guinea
Bissau, were detained on Sunday evening after a renewed outbreak
of violence in Roquetas de Mar.
On Saturday a number of Sub-Saharan immigrants vandalised
property, burnt rubbish bins and threw stones and bottles at
police after the 28-old Senegalese man was killed.
A witness said the man was knifed as he tried to intervene
in a dispute between Senegalese and Roma families in the area.
The dispute is believed to have been over an unpaid debt, a
police representative told radio station RNE.
Rioters set fire to two homes which they believed belonged
to family members of the culprit as well as burning a number of
parked cars, the police said.
About a third of the town's residents are immigrants, many
of whom work in the agricultural sector.
Date created : 2008-09-08