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Spain: Refugees protest police brutality and racial profiling in Barcelona01:23

Spain: Refugees protest police brutality and racial profiling in Barcelona

Spain, Barcelona
September 8, 2015 at 22:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

An estimated 250 protesters of African heritage marched peacefully through central Barcelona, Tuesday, decrying the alleged police profiling of economic refugees and what they consider to be racist media reports stereotyping people from Africa.

The group staged a sit-in in the city centre, carrying banners and making speeches refuting the lack of sympathy in local and national media towards migrants who have moved to Europe due to economic crises in their countries of origin. Members of the protest group state that they are economic refugees, forced to leave their homes due to impossible economic conditions caused in part by Western trade policies, violence, and irresponsible business practices in the region.

The protesters also stated that Spanish media organisations have painted the African economic refugees as violent and aggressive following a confrontation between with police last Thursday in which four agents and a woman were injured. The group voiced their concern over the altercation, but reiterated that racial profiling and police brutality lay at the root of the event.

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An estimated 250 protesters of African heritage marched peacefully through central Barcelona, Tuesday, decrying the alleged police profiling of economic refugees and what they consider to be racist media reports stereotyping people from Africa.

The group staged a sit-in in the city centre, carrying banners and making speeches refuting the lack of sympathy in local and national media towards migrants who have moved to Europe due to economic crises in their countries of origin. Members of the protest group state that they are economic refugees, forced to leave their homes due to impossible economic conditions caused in part by Western trade policies, violence, and irresponsible business practices in the region.

The protesters also stated that Spanish media organisations have painted the African economic refugees as violent and aggressive following a confrontation between with police last Thursday in which four agents and a woman were injured. The group voiced their concern over the altercation, but reiterated that racial profiling and police brutality lay at the root of the event.

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