Police clash with immigrants at shantytown

19th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Police trying to evict a Moroccan family from a shantytown near Madrid clashed with residents early Thursday, leaving 23 people slightly injured, media reported.

19 October 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Police trying to evict a Moroccan family from a shantytown near Madrid clashed with residents early Thursday, leaving 23 people slightly injured, media reported.

Police also arrested three Moroccans following the confrontation with immigrants in the Canada Real Galiana shantytown.

The clashes began when police arrived to evict a Moroccan family on the orders of municipal authorities in the capital, who said they were "residing illegally in a public place."

But other residents joined the four family members in resisting police by throwing stones and glass objects at them, Spanish media said, quoting police sources.

They said 23 people were hurt, including 17 police officers, and the dwelling was destroyed.

"It looked like Palestine. Some Moroccans had knives and one of them stole a gun from police," said a police spokesman, Rodrigo Gavilan.

An association representing Moroccan immigrants denounced the "police aggression".

Like the family targeted Thursday, about 35 others are awaiting decisions by courts on whether their makeshift homes are to be destroyed, the El Pais newspaper said on its website.

Around 30,000 people including several Moroccan and Romanian families live in the Canada Real Galiana shantytown, where residents have also built a number of comfortable homes among the irregular dwellings.

[Copright Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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