Groups of migrants have clashed with police in the popular Spanish seaside resort of Salou after a Senegalese man died on falling from a third-floor apartment balcony during a police raid. At least 12 people were arrested.

A Catalan regional police statement said the 50-year-old man died Tuesday after jumping from the balcony during an early morning police operation against the sale of pirated DVDs and other products in the town, just south of Barcelona.

The death triggered protests by dozens of migrants who hurled rocks, bar chairs and tables at police. Police made several charges to disperse the crowd.

Police spokesman Xavier Gamez said the agents had been looking to arrest the man but were not involved in his fall.