Anti far-right protesters clash with Basque Country police outside Vox Bilbao rally

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CLASHES: Riot police were deployed against anti-far right protesters. CREDIT: Mikel Ruiz, via Twitter


CLASHES took place between police officers and anti far-right demonstrators who gathered to demonstrate against a Vox rally held in Bilbao on Saturday.

Demonstrators including Twitter user David Olabarri posted pictures showing what he claimed were injuries on protesters from police rubber bullets.

Mikel Ruiz, another protester, said demonstrators had been mobilising against an ‘openly fascist’ party.

The Basque Country-based Alkorkon Combativo anti-far right group said: “We want to show our solidarity and support to all people who have been arrested in Bilbao today in the rally against Vox.”

Basque Country police said two people were arrested over clashes with officers. Police clad in riot gear were deployed outside the far-right party’s rally and officers said protests had thrown bricks and other objects at them.

Santiago Abascal, Vox’s leader, said protesters had failed to prevent the gathering of what he said was a ‘great wave’ in Bilbao.

His party’s rally came ahead of Sunday April 28’s general election and local, regional and European elections in May. Current polls show Vox is likely to win seats in the Congress of Deputies for the first time this month.

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