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Four demonstrators were arrested and 35 people – including 21 police officers – were injured in violent clashes on the sidelines of a rally in Madrid of the anti-immigration party Vox.

On the evening of April 7, four demonstrators were arrested and 35 people – including 21 police officers – were injured in violent clashes on the sidelines of a rally in Madrid of the anti-immigration party Vox, authorities announced on April 8. Spanish.

Some 2,000 people had gathered in Vallecas – a district in the south of the capital considered a stronghold of the left – to oppose the holding of an open-air rally of the Vox party as part of the campaign for the regional elections of May 4.

After singing anti-fascist songs, the demonstrators threw various objects – including cobblestones – at the police, who charged to disperse them, according to witnesses.

Following these incidents, the police arrested four people, including three minors, a police spokesperson told AFP on the morning of April 8. She added that 21 police officers were injured. Ten of them had to be treated in a hospital, although their injuries are considered minor.

For their part, the emergency services said on Twitter that they had treated 14 people, mainly for bruises and bruises.

The Minister of the Interior questioned by President de Vox

These incidents sparked a heated controversy: the leader of Vox Santiago Abascal considered that the police force had been insufficient to protect the rally of his party and accused the Minister of the Interior of the left government Fernando Grande-Marlaska of being responsible for “attacks” against the militants of his formation.

The leader of the party of the radical left Podemos in these elections of May 4, Pablo Iglesias, replied on Twitter, accusing “the Vox ultras” of having gone “to provoke violence in Vallecas”.

Podemos is allied with the Spanish Socialist Workers Party of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in the current ruling coalition.

In France, Santiago Abascal received the support of Marine Le Pen on the blue bird social network. “Everywhere in Europe, these pseudo” antifa “use violence against the patriots and undermine democracy, with legal impunity and total media complacency”, indignant the president of the National Rally.