No sooner had Palma City Council said it would not be introducing new bylaws to control illegal street trading because it infringed on people’s human rights and already came under the jurisdiction of the state law, it would appear that the local police are confused about how to go about tackling the problem.

A police chief explained last week in response to the council’s announcement that they have been given no clear orders and that, in the event of having to chase an illegal street trader and he or she should fall over, the officer in hot pursuit is culpable for what ever injuries the illegal street trader suffers.

While confusion raged in Palma, in Madrid a 35-year-old street trader identified as Mame Mbaye Ndiaye from Senegal suffered a heart attack in the street while running away from police. Not only did this spark a full police inquiry, it also led to violent riots in Madrid, while the government of Senegal has officially protested the death of the street vendor who died on Thursday evening. Illegal street sellers, many of them African migrants, are a common sight in Madrid and other Spanish cities, such as Palma.

Spain is the third busiest European migration hub, with more than 20,000 arrivals recorded last year, and local legal retailers and traders fear that the loophole in the council’s new bylaws will only lead to an increase in illegal trading.


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JT / Hace over 3 years

The EU Courts Of Justice always go against the “regular citizens” and support illegal activities. Don’t forget the EU has never had its accounts signed off by independent accountants for more than seven years, that says it all...


Richard Pearson / Hace over 3 years

Wouldn’t work. You are presumably not a member of a supposedly oppressed and downtrodden minority. Try in 50 years time.


osn / Hace over 3 years

This is the police are reluctant to enforce the law in case someone gets hurt in the process. Surely that would go for everything, not just street trading. I might just try legging it out of a bank with a sack full of cash and warn them not to chase me.


Palmadave / Hace over 3 years

Can't beat a bit of 'FAKE NEWS'.


Ron / Hace over 3 years

Just another these ridiculous human rights laws that the EU courts of justice have imposed on Europe that are the causing most countries citizens to question if they would be better off self governing as individual countries not benign states.


Richard Pearson / Hace over 3 years

I beg to differ, but according to the Madrid press, and quoting a friend of his who was accompanying him at the moment of his collapse, he was not being pursued by the police. A subsequent autopsy revealed that he had a congenital heart disease

The rumour that he was being chased by the police was started by members of a left wing party through social media.