Spain appeals for calm after two nights of violence
Politicians appealed for calm after African immigrants clashed with Spanish police in a second night of violence after a Senegalese man was stabbed to death.9 September 2008
MADRID -- Politicians appealed for calm in Roquetas de Mar on Monday after a second night of riots involving Gypsies and African immigrants in the Almerian beach resort, which were triggered by the murder of a Senegalese man on Saturday.
So far eight people have been arrested since the disturbances began on Saturday night, and police were Monday bracing themselves for more violence in the rundown neighbourhood known as 200 Viviendas.
"Please remain calm and restore the co-existence that has always existed in Roquetas," Gabriel Amat Ayllón, the mayor of the town of 80,000, said Monday.
He stressed that the murder of the Senegalese man and the ensuing violence was an "isolated incident" and was not motivated by racism.
Witnesses and friends of the victim said he had intervened in an argument between another African man and a Spanish national of Gypsy origin. Police said the dispute was over drugs.
The Gypsy man, who police were continuing to search, allegedly stabbed 28-year-old O K, leading friends of the victim to retaliate by attacking the home of the alleged killer.
The disturbances continued on Sunday night when African rioters blockaded roads and attacked emergency service workers.
[El Pais / Angeles Espinosa / Expatica]