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Racist Protesters in Spain Clash

July 16, 1999

TERRASSA, Spain (AP) _ Anti-immigrant protesters clashed with riot police late Thursday, the third consecutive night of racial demonstrations in this northeastern town, news reports said.

Police charged at the demonstrators after a group began throwing stones at a home, car and bar identified as having ties to Moroccan immigrants, National Spanish Radio reported.

The clashes followed a relatively peaceful march of several hundred people through a working class neighborhood with a population that is 10 percent Moroccan, the state-owned news agency Efe reported.

The protest was marked by racist slogans such as ``Moors Out,″ echoing the sentiment of a similar but larger demonstration Wednesday in which a young Moroccan male was attacked and hospitalized.

Wednesday’s violence prompted the town’s mayor to request security reinforcements, and 10 vans of riot police were on hand late Thursday.

Racial tension in the neighborhood had been building since Sunday, with clashes between Moroccan and Spanish young people in neighborhood bars.

Some 300 Spanish residents protested Tuesday, blaming Moroccan immigrants for the disturbances in Terrassa, 14 miles from Barcelona.

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