Hundreds of residents in some poorer areas of the Spanish capital Madrid have protested against what they call discrimination ahead of new lockdown measures to stem a rise in Covid-19.

The curbs on movement and gatherings start on Monday and affect 850,000 people, many in areas of lower income and with higher immigrant populations.

Protesters said they felt abandoned and called for better health provisions.

Spain has the highest number of coronavirus cases in Europe.

Madrid has been particularly hit. On Sunday, peaceful protests were held in 12 of the 37 districts affected by the new restrictions.

In Vallecas, a southern district with one of the highest infection rates in the capital, residents said the health system was paralysed and that they were feeling stigmatised and fearful that the new restrictions will deprive them of income.

Some chanted “Vallecas is not a ghetto” while banners said “No to segregation” and “No to a class-based lockdown”.

“It’s illogical that you can go and do things in wealthier areas, but you can’t do the same in Vallecas. There is the same risk of contagion. They’re discriminating,” 56-year-old resident Begona Ramos told Reuters news agency.

Read more: BBC News

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