Migrant's death sparks Madrid protests

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According to city officials, he was treated for a cardiorespiratory arrest that took place an unspecified time after he escaped a police crackdown on informal street sales on Thursday.

THE DEATH of a Senegalese man in Madrid has sparked protests across the city, as migrants clashed with Spanish police.

Mame Mbaye, 35, of Senegal, died Thursday after going into cardiac arrest on a street in the Spanish capital.

Bicycles burn during a protest following the death of a street vendor on Friday. Several officers arrived and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.

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At least 20 local residents were injured during clashes, while 10 police officers were also hurt.

On Friday, rioters in Lavapiés district set fire to trash bins and parked vehicles, leading police to respond with rubber bullets.

The protests have continued into Friday in the Madrid region of Lavapies.

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena called for a full investigation.

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Protesters in Spain said Ndiaye had arrived in the country by boat twelve years ago.

From the city Council we will thoroughly investigate what happened and act accordingly.

"Municipal police arrived and chased him from Sol to Lavapiés with a motorbike", said Modou, a 25-year-old vendor from Senegal who refused to give his surname.

Mbage worked as an illegal vendor and sent some money back to his family, one of thousands of migrants who have reached Spain over the years in search of a better life. Hundreds have died along the way.

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Human rights groups regularly criticise the way migrants are dealt with in Spain, with detention centres often full, and limited access to asylum demands at the border.

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