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Migrants in Spain end overnight rooftop protest in capital

October 19, 2016 - 5:46 AM

MADRID - Nearly 40 migrants have ended an overnight protest on the rooftop of a detention centre in Spain's capital.

The migrants, most reported to be from Algeria, shouted for "Freedom" and "Dignity" during the protest, which began late Tuesday.

Police cordoned off the area around the centre on Madrid's outskirts, but the protest finished peacefully early Wednesday following negotiations with officials.

Spain has nine detention centres that are used to hold migrants considered to be in the country illegally.

Rights groups have long criticized the centres, saying migrants live in prison-like conditions, and have called for their closure.

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