Saturday, 17 November 2007

Motín [Riot]

There was a tragic incident on the Madrid Metro last weekend; a neo-Nazi soldier fatally stabbed a 16-year-old youth and injured two others while they were on their way to an Anti-Fascist demonstration. As a result of this, there was a bit of a riot in town. We missed it all, but we did walk down one street just off Gran Vía, and were puzzled by the trail of destruction we followed. Smashed shop windows, overturned bins and plants, burnt-out recycling bins.

Today we were heading towards Puerta del Sol (this seems to be where demonstrations usually take place in Madrid) and we were astonished to see dozens of riot police stationed all around the square. It seems that there was to be another demonstration, and the police were out in force to prevent any more trouble: they had some bloody big guns and they looked pretty damn scary.


nzm said...

Wot - no pics? :-)

Mme Cyn said...

LOVE the new blog, Keefie! (Mme Cyn is back, BTW --it's been all that married life taking up my time...)

Anonymous said...

For a long time, I have been reading your blog when you were in Dubai and know that I always find it so interesting. It is so nice to see the transition with your new life in Spain and I wish you all the best there.

Your pictures here are amazing, especially those about the sunset. It would have been nice to see something about the riot, but I understood that you missed it.

X-p from Oman