THE popular tourist town of Ronda, just an hour inland from Spain’s Costa del Sol, was left stunned yesterday after National Police were forced to use rubber bullets and batons in ugly scenes outside the town’s court yesterday (Wednesday).
Angry relatives of 22 people who were detained in a big anti-drugs operation in Ronda and Sevilla earlier in the week had gathered outside the court in the historic town to demand their release.
The shocking scenes were captured on mobile phones by neighbours of the court buildings.
Two police officers were reported to be injured – one after allegedly being thrown to the ground and the other hit by an object, ‘possibly a brick’, thrown by the crowd.
Dozens of National Police officers were drafted into the area and were accompanied by air support.
Later in the evening roads around the court were sealed off when Guardia Civil prison vans arrived at the Palacio de Justicia.