WATCH: Anti-lockdown riots continue in Madrid, as police response grows increasingly violent


28-09-20 12:50:00,

Anti-lockdown protests and violence continued over the weekend in Madrid, as clashes between citizens and police grew increasingly violent. Video shared to social media showcases the increasing violence.

Last week, Madrid city council announced new restrictions for over one million of the city’s inhabitants, introducing localized restrictions on movement amid a surge in new cases of coronavirus.

Dozens of residents were involved in violent clashes with police last week, in what local media dubbed a riot. Eyewitness footage from the scene shows the ferocity of the police response in quelling the disturbances.

In one clip shared to social media, a police officer in riot gear was filmed headbutting a detainee.

Policía sin número de identificación dando un cabezazo con el casco a un detenido esposado e inmovilizado. Es intolerable.El delegado del Gobierno debe ser cesado inmediatamente.@conJoseMFrancoLo llaman democracia y NO LO ES.

— Matsi♀️✊ (@Vicky_Taibo) September 25, 2020

Widespread protests continued over the weekend, across areas such as Usera, Puente de Vallecas, Villa de Vallecas, Villaverde, Ciudad Lineal, Vicálvaro, San Blas and Carabanchel. 

Many claim working class and migrant neighborhoods are being stigmatized by the new restrictions as many residents are manual laborers who use public transport to commute to work, in what authorities consider another major viral infection vector. 

Over one million people are subject to the new localized lockdown restrictions and may only leave their homes for work, medical or educational purposes and only if they carry supporting documents showing they have the necessary permission.

¡Sánchez culpable, Gobierno culpable, Ayuso culpable! Luego vendréis al barrio a haceros foto en campaña.¡Esto no lo hacéis en el barrio de Salamanca!

— Vallekas se Defiende (@VKseDefiende) September 24, 2020

Some 45 restricted zones were identified due to their higher infection rate, tied to high population density relative to the rest of the city, in which cases currently exceed 1,000 positives per 100,000 inhabitants. 

Madrid now ranks top among major European cities for new infections amid the so-called second wave of the 2019 coronavirus. 

Local businesses must operate at 50 percent capacity and must close before 10pm. Gatherings are limited to no more than six people.

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