On Saturday, Spain’s prime minister condemned a series of violent protests in cities across the country against restrictions imposed to curb the surge of Covid-19 after a six-month state of emergency came into effect this week, Deutsche Welle reports.
Riot police shot blank bullets to try to disperse scores of protesters who were setting fire to rubbish bins in Madrid’s main thoroughfare Gran Via.
Meanwhile, demonstrators pelted police with rocks and other projectiles in Barcelona on the second night of disturbances in Spain’s second-largest city.
In the northern Spanish city of Logroño, about 150 people attacked police with stones, set fire to containers, and looted shops, police reported. Riot police were drafted in to quell disturbances in Haro, in the wine-growing region of La Rioja.
Young people, dissatisfied with lockdown measures, demanded the immediate resignation of the government, both central and regional.
In the city of Burgos, groups of mostly young people in masks gathered 20 minutes before curfew came into effect. They set ablaze garbage cans and threw whatever they got their hands on at the police, who tried to stop them.
As we reported earlier, Spain became the first country in Western Europe to surpass 1 million coronavirus cases, as authorities struggle to control fresh outbreaks and contemplate a curfew for the capital Madrid.
Six weeks after becoming the first western European country to record 500,000 coronavirus cases, Spain has become the first to record a million, registering a total of 1,005,295 infections by Wednesday evening.
A curfew in Madrid would be the latest move by European governments to tighten restrictions amid an unrelenting spread of the disease. The capital was already hit with new restrictions this month when Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a state of emergency for the Madrid region, which has a population of almost 7 million.