131 people detained during a week of protests in Spain – Rossiyskaya Gazeta


The total number of people detained by the police for participating in the riots in Spain has reached 131 people, 112 of them in Catalonia, where youth who disagreed with the arrest of rapper Pablo Asel staged protests every evening. The calmest was last Monday. Because of the rain, only a few hundred protesters took to the streets of Barcelona, ​​most of them chose to stay at home.

According to local media, peaceful protesters were tired of the antics of the radicals, because of which the police used force against all the protesters. On Monday, they themselves tried to call the vandals to order, for which various objects flew in response. Local residents also had to extinguish garbage cans set on fire by radicals on their own.

By the way, in Barcelona alone, 284 dumpsters were destroyed in a week. The total damage is estimated by the city authorities at 1 million euros, almost half of this amount is the cost of those same containers. Over 200 thousand will have to be spent on collecting and removing from the streets of all the garbage left by the protesters, 300 thousand – on the repair of sidewalks, 80 thousand – on the restoration of lighting, signs, fences. The damage to the Palace of Music was estimated at 14 thousand euros, where vandals smashed 14 old stained-glass windows, which will be very difficult to restore, since some of those materials are not produced anymore.

By the way, the latest protests were organized by left-wing radical movements in favor of the independence of Catalonia. As a result, the demands to release Asel were also supplemented by protests against the central authorities of Spain and the monarchy.

At the same time, those who do not care about the rapper’s fate at all take to the streets. “He said a lot of things that I don’t like. I am against police abuse, against the criminalization of protests,” one of the participants in the demonstration, a 20-year-old student, quotes El Periodico. Others just want a change.


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