Ecuador angered over 'xenophobic' attacks in Spain

4th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

The recent xenophobic attacks on Ecuadorans in Spain have been condemned by the government of Ecuador.

Quito – Ecuador on Tuesday expressed "enormous concern" over apparent xenophobic attacks on its citizens in Spain, the government said.

The Migration Department condemned a recent attack which injured four members of one family in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

"This fresh act of xenophobic hate against our migrant compatriots is of enormous concern to the government of Ecuador," a statement said.

"(They) were victims of physical and psychological aggression carried out by a group of young Spaniards on the violent extreme right."

The attack took place in the Villaverde district in the south of the capital.

The suspects remain in police custody.

An estimated 420,000 Ecuadorans are legal residents in Spain, representing the third largest expatriate community in the country.

The number of Ecuadorans residing in Spain however is thought to be about twice as large, at around 800,000.

AFP / Expatica

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