A young man arrested in Lloret de Mar for the burning of a plainclothes police car during La Mercè

  • The events occurred during the early hours of September 24, in the mobilization that gathered more than 40,000 people in the Plaza de España and ended in serious altercations

The Mossos d’Esquadra have arrested a 25-year-old man of Spanish nationality in Lloret de Mar (La Selva) for his involvement in the burning of a plainclothes police car of the Barcelona Urban Guard at dawn from September 24 to 25, according to sources consulted by EL PERIÓDICO. The police vehicle, which was not branded as can be seen in the image that accompanies this news, was burned during the serious altercations that followed a controversial macro-bottle that brought together more than 40,000 people – many of these minors – on Avenida Maria Cristina and the Joan Miró park. The man was detained – yesterday afternoon at 5:00 pm – two months after the incident, following an investigation by the GIDOP (Grup d’Investigació de Delictes d’Ordre Públic).

The events occurred at the end of the night, when several cars from La Urbana came to attend one of the emergencies – there were several fights that ended in stabbings – near the Plaza de España and ended up being attacked. by a group of young people, according to Mossos sources. The car that ended up completely burned was next to other branded vehicles, which were also vandalized. The person arrested yesterday is considered the author of setting fire to the civilian car. The rest of the vehicles were damaged but did not burn.

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That impromptu party ended at five in the morning in a pitched battle with the throwing of glass bottles among the attendees and against the agents of the Urban Guard, as EL PERIÓDICO covered live. There was a significant number of injuries and damage, also in the Palau de Congresos de la Fira, the main Catalan space for administering vaccines against the coronavirus. More than a dozen young people ended up with stab wounds in arguments that broke out among them. According to the Barcelona City Council, the night resulted in 20 arrests and 45 injured by the Sistema d’Emergències Mèdiques (SEM).

The twenty arrests did not include the suspect of burning the Urbana car that was burned. The investigation opened by the Mossos has allowed, by reviewing all the recordings that were taken that day and questioning testimonies, to reconstruct the incident and identify the alleged perpetrator, who was arrested late Thursday morning.


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