Racist Raid

Madrid, Spain 2014/2018

Although they are totally illegal, the national police bodies continue to carry out controls based on the skin color and ethnicity of the people. Racist raids have the sole objective of demanding the documentation of migrants in Spain in order to arrest those who have not yet been able to regularize. Illegal and abusive, these practices are a real representation of the racism that floods the institutions. Not content with making them difficult to regularize in the country, 3 or 4 times a week these color controls are carried out in the Lavapies neighborhood. Most of the time, people identified without regular documentation in Spain, end up in the detention centers for foreigners called CIEs, where they will be deprived of their freedom and tried to be expelled from the country, in a period of time that varies between 72 hours and 60 days.