Second day of protests in the center of Barcelona coinciding with the first weekend of confinement perimeter of the city. This Saturday around a thousand people have gathered in the Plaza de la Catedral to protest against the eviction of the Casa Buenos Aires, an occupied social center that was emptied last Wednesday by the Mossos d’Esquadra, who have been joined several groups organized by the right to housing to complain about the numerous evictions that have occurred in recent weeks, the last of which occurred in Ciutat Meridiana and that ended with the return of the tenant family to the house.
The organizers of the march had gathered at 6 pm with a poster in which they assured that since last September 17 in Barcelona there have been “more than 800 evictions”, and underlining that the launches of both families and their The social center itself has not stopped despite the curfew declared since last Sunday. The Mossos’ security device was forceful in the vicinity of the chosen place and the agents have registered one by one the people who tried to access the square.
The protesters left the square a few minutes before 7:00 p.m. and lined up along Vía Laietana, then turned towards Sant Jaume square, headquarters of both the Generalitat and the City Council. Led by a banner that read “they are not evictions, it is a war against the poor”, the march has reached the Plaza Sant Miquel, on the outskirts of the town hall.
After this Friday a call against the restrictions ended with violent clashes against the police and urban furniture and images of looting were recorded in several shops, this Saturday the Mossos have prepared a much larger deployment. Catalan police sources have acknowledged that they did not foresee the “level of violence” that ended up being registered on Friday, when 14 people were arrested and where the Mossos d’Esquadra believe that the extreme right and ultra groups infiltrated what initially was a protest by hoteliers and professionals from various sectors affected by the pandemic.