Barcelona, Feb 18. (EFE) .- A total of 33 detainees, 14 injured and 135 containers and 9 cars burned is the balance of the second night of riots in Catalonia in the protests in support of the jailed rapper Pablo Hasel, in which a group of “infiltrators “He carried out acts of” extreme violence “.
The Director General of the Police, Pere Ferrer, and the spokesman of the Mossos d’Esquadra, Commissioner Joan Carles Molinero, have appeared this Thursday at a press conference to take stock of the second nights of altercations, which have had their epicenter in Barcelona, Lleida and Girona and, to a lesser extent, in Tarragona.
Specifically, a total of 33 people have been arrested for the crimes of public disorder, attack on an agent of the authority, material damage or robbery, among others: of these, 12 people were arrested in Barcelona, 14 in Lleida, 5 in Girona and 2, in Tarragona.
In addition, 14 people were injured and required assistance from the Medical Emergency System (SEM), of which 10 took place in the Catalan capital, where 6 agents of the Mossos d’Esquadra were injured, as well as 2 other police officers, one in Girona and another in Lleida.
Regardless of the figures for arrests and injuries, the night ended with 135 containers burned, as well as 9 cars, while 3 other vehicles suffered considerable damage.
Considerable damage has also been reported in numerous businesses, including a car dealer in the Eixample district of Barcelona, in addition to the attempt to access the Stock Exchange building, which was repelled by riot police.
Ferrer and Molinero have expressed their “concern” about these acts of “extreme violence”, carried out by “very violent” groups that take advantage of mass demonstrations to “infiltrate” and cause disturbances of “high complexity” for the police, and to which they join the “opportunists”, who have nothing to do with the reason for the protest and who are dedicated to “looting” commercial establishments.
“We cannot normalize the legitimate right to protest with the use of violence, which in no case can we tolerate,” said Ferrer, who has verified that what has been experienced in the last two nights “is not normal.”
As for the profile of these rioters, they have specified that it is an “amalgam” of “violent and aggressive” people, of various characteristics and ages.