Problems in Madrid – level 3

21-03-2018 07:00

An African street vendor in Madrid, Spain, died trying to evade police cracking down on illegal street sales. Madrid’s mayor says that he regrets the 35-year-old’s death and called for an investigation into the incident.

People reported that the man died of cardiac arrest after he collapsed while policemen chased him on motorcycles. Following the incident, clashes between people and police broke out in the city, with protesters hurling stones and starting fires that firefighters spent a night putting out.

Difficult words: vendor (a person who sells something), evade (run away from), cardiac arrest (when the heart stops), clash (fight), hurl (throw).

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