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.
Madrid hoy Caravanchel pic.twitter.com/GzCnzoF3mn
— Angela Comanchera (@AComanchera) September 27, 2020
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.
— Álvaro Casares (@comex25) September 24, 2020
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.
El delegado del Gobierno debe ser cesado inmediatamente.@conJoseMFranco
Lo llaman democracia y NO LO ES. pic.twitter.com/fhgTyr79bL
— 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.