REPORTS have stated that a 62-year-old French tourist died on Monday whilst trapped within El Prat airport during the protests which broke out in Spain’s Catalonia region after the country’s Supreme Court found 12 separatist leaders guilty of illegally promoting Catalan independence. Nine received prison sentences.
Due to the ongoing clashes with police at Barcelona’s airport the French man had to walk between T1 to T2 because there were no connecting buses due to disturbances.
The on-site emergency services assisted him immediately in the midst of the chaos of the terminal. He was then transferred in a medical helicopter to the Hospital de Bellvitge (Barcelona). Where the hospital confirmed his death shortly after arrival.
Sources from the French embassy in Spain have disconnected the two facts, explaining that the man suffered a heart attack while reaching for his boarding pass and clarifies: “that the deceased is not related to the incidents produced as a result of the judicial sentence (of the Supreme Court)”.
They also state that medical services chose to use a helicopter and not an ambulance based on the patient’s medical chart, and not because of the collapse that the terminal was experiencing at the time.
But the reality is that the protests have left at least another 125 injured who were treated by the Emergency Medical System (SEM), 18 of them transferred to hospitals, although none of them are serious. Sources from the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Government have reported 57 officers of the autonomous police have also been injured during the protests as have 18 National Police.