National Police and Guardia Civil ordered not to leave Cataluña hotels

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BAD RECEPTION: National Police inside the hotel lobby

SPAIN’S Interior Minister Juan Ignacio  Zoido has ordered National Police and Guardia Civil officers not to leave the hotels where they are being accommodated after being drafted in to police the Cataluña referendum.

The move comes after hotels contracted by the government urged 500 officers from the National Police and Guardia Civil to leave their premises.

In a statement the manager of two hotels in Pineda de Mar, Barcelona said that they have been forced to evict them “under threat of closure for five years” by the City Council.

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News agencies are reporting protests outside these establishments which house some of the 12,000 officers despatched to Cataluña for the referendum.

The government has denounced the harassment and ‘mafia behaviour’ against the security forces by pro-independence protestors.

On Twitter the Mossos de Esquadra police force in Cataluña, have asked the public “not to contribute to the tension”. In their message they urged a “respect for the places where the police forces are housed”.

Meanwhile the three cruise ships deployed to Barcelona and Tarragona to house  security forces and were due to depart on October 5 have had their stay extended until October 11 as tensions in the region remain very high.

Agents of the National Police gather in the hotel reception in Pineda de Mar where their comrades shout ‘Long live the National Police.’

A hundred separatists gathered in Calella yesterday to try to lynch a group of Guardia Civil officers who had to be protected by the Mossos de Escuadra before leaving the area in vans in a hurry.

BELOW: Agents of the National Police gather in the hotel reception in Pineda de Mar where their comrades shout ‘Long live the National Police.’

BELOW: A hundred separatists gathered in Calella yesterday to try to lynch a group of Guardia Civil officers who had to be protected by the Mossos de Escuadra before leaving the area in vans in a hurry.

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