Barriers are up and Riot Police are in full kit pressing shoulders together and waiting for another night of violence in Madrid.
The police in Madrid received warning today to expect another night of major civil unrest in the Spanish capital. Everything from barricades, tear gas, batons and tasers are in the armoury to fight off an attack.
Throughout the leafy suburbs of Madrid festers a deep hatred of the government, after all, last year was one of the best on record for business and indeed tourism, everything pointed towards a great 2020, then we all know what happened later…
Thousands of disgruntled and angry residents stormed the streets and pavements of Madrid on Thursday in the fourth night of violence towards anything that represented the government. Banners, advertisements, public notice boards etc they were all fair game. It is all about the decision the government made recently to hold back Madrid in Phase 1, and they don’t like it a bit – with the majority calling it a political move rather than a health one.
Reports have it that even the police were surprised by the ferocity of the attacks and many received injuries whilst trying to protect themselves and their colleagues. One officer, Carlos Gomez said: “I was shocked by the anger shown towards us, we are just protecting the public and it is only a small fraction of them fighting us. What can we do about the effects the coronavirus has on the prosperity of Madrid? – Nothing!”
As he, Carlos, was talking to the reporter the first of many bottles that would be thrown tonight started to reign down on the police unit parked across the main entrance to a shopping centre. Seconds later all reporters were hurried away to the sound of screams and abuse from the approaching and menacing crowd, is this really the Spain we live in now?
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