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In Spain have passed mass actions against racism

Massive protests against racism because of death in the United States at the hands of police of African-American George Floyd were held in several cities of Spain.

The largest action took place in Madrid. It was attended by several dozen thousand people - not only immigrants from African countries but indigenous Spaniards, and white natives of the United States.

The action began in front of the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. The participants observed a minute of silence in memory of Floyd. They chanted slogans against racism: "No justice, no peace", "Here antifascists and antiracists", "no one should be outside the law," "Black lives matter, too".

About 40 minutes after the start of the rally, the protesters marched through the city center to the capital's main square Puerta del Sol. Front of the government building of the Autonomous community of Madrid, located here, was put up police cordons to prevent mass riots, the surrounding streets were blocked by the national police. However, the procession ended peacefully. The participants read out a Manifesto, demanding the Spanish government to strengthen the fight against racism.

Similar events were held in other Spanish cities, including Barcelona, Lleida, Seville, Valencia, Salamanca, Oviedo, Bilbao, Malaga, Zaragoza, Vitoria.

In Barcelona the event was held at the St. Jacob square, where the town hall of Barcelona and the building of generality. Despite the rain in the Catalan capital, according to city guard, in the action participated more than 3 thousand people.

Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez, speaking at a press conference, said that "the Spanish Constitution of racism, the fourteenth article clearly defines what constitutes equality of rights and freedoms," and the task of the government is to ensure its observance. "In our country there should not be discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social circumstances. Our country will always defend the achievements of rights and freedoms and will defend the equality of citizens regardless of their origin or any other circumstances", - said the Prime Minister.

Amid a wave of protests in the United States in connection with the death in detention by police of an African-American George Floyd solidarity rallies are held in the capitals of European countries. Last week demonstrators gathered at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. This week were performances in Paris, Athens and other cities.

The wave of protests and riots started after the death in Minneapolis of Floyd. In the Internet appeared the video, according to which the police put the handcuffs Floyd, knocked him down and piled on top of him, the three of us, and one of them came to Floyd with his knee on the neck. Floyd on video several times says that he can not breathe, then fades. He died in intensive care. After the riots, fired four police officers and one of them was accused of murder.