Rioting was allegedly due to a rumor that a Senegalese Muslim street vendor who was running away from police died of a heart attack. Police deny this.
UPI Mame Mbaye, 35, of Senegal, died Thursday after going into cardiac arreston a street in the Spanish capital. Witnesses said he collapsed while being chased by police officers on motorcycles.
Friday, rioters in Lavapiés district set fire to trash bins and parked vehicles, leading police to respond with rubber bullets. Demonstrators also damaged bus stops, patrol cars and shops as the protest quickly spread, officials and witnesses said.
Protesters threw stones and other objects. Nearly two dozen people were injured, along with 10 officers. Firefighters were called in as protesters torched bins throughout the city.
Earlier this month, a Senegalese street vendor was shot dead in the Italian city of Florence, sparking large protests by the Senegalese community there.