Social tension built up throughout Saturday and eventually erupted with clashes and injuries of varying degrees. The riots that have occurred in the town of Linares (Jaén) in protest of the aggression yesterday by two off-duty national police officers on a man and his 14-year-old daughter on the terrace of a bar has resulted in a total of thirteen detained, two of them minors, and nineteen police officers injured.
Sources of the National Police anticipated “a long night” since protesters and groups of violent young people were confronting the riot police and had the city police station surrounded by throwing objects, despite the fact that the street was cut off by fences and guarded by agents, according to Efe.
However, shortly after 9:00 p.m. the peaceful protesters have started to return to their things in curfew forecast, while the groups of violent young people have been dissolved by the Police Intervention Unit shortly before 10 pm. The tension in the city had begun to increase during the afternoon after dozens of people gathered outside the headquarters of the court number three, in charge of the case, waiting for the arrival of the two detainees to testify before the titular judge.
Faced with popular pressure that did not cease to utter insults, and for safety reasons, the judge has ordered that the two detainees be taken to the Provincial Police Station of Jaén, for them to testify by videoconference, as is done with other cases in recent months but in that case due to the health crisis. This fact has increased the nerves producing violent clashes with the security forces, with throwing of objects, destruction of containers and everything that they found in their path, as well as a police vehicle.
Through social networks, a concentration has also been called in front of the Linares Police Station, where both peaceful protesters and violent groups have gathered that have not stopped throwing objects at the building, despite the fact that the street was cut by fences and guarded by agents. For hours the Provincial Chief Commissioner of the National Police of Jaén has tried to mediate with some of the most violent protesters and there have been charges of riot control, until finally they have been dissolved with the intervention of the agents, ending the clashes with 13 detainees, two of them minors, and 19 agents injured.
The two arrested on Friday are an agent and a sub-inspector of the Police in Linares who attacked a man and his daughter on a terrace of a local bar, when they were out of service, while they were recorded by several witnesses who have spread the videos through social networks. The wounded man suffers injuries to his face and nose and today he had to be admitted to the San Agustín de Linares Hospital again, due to corneal problems.
At 9:30 p.m., the detainees continued to testify before the judge, although sources close to the investigation say that the Prosecutor’s Office has requested their admission to prison. For its part, the General Directorate of the Police has communicated that you have already opened a disciplinary file in which the penalties that correspond to the two policemen will be determined, whose weapon and badge were already removed yesterday.
These “will have to answer both to the judge in the criminal section and to the National Police for the unfortunate events that have happened,” according to sources from the Police. Several agents, one of them head of the UDEF, traveled to Linares from the Jaén Provincial Police Station so that the investigation of the case could be carried out in the most aseptic way possible. The DGP has regretted and shows “his strongest condemnation by the events that occurred and by the attitude of these two policemen, who do not represent the daily work of public service of the men and women of the National Police. “
The City Council of Linares and political parties, among them Íñigo ErrejónThey have also “strongly condemned the brutal aggression” while demanding “that action be forcefully taken against an attitude that tarnishes the image of a body that has always ensured the safety of the people of Linar.”
Source: LA INFORMACIÓN – Lo último by www.lainformacion.com.
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