Lockdown Protesters Clash With Police in Malaga over Curfew Restrictions.
As reported late last night by EWN, a large group of youths was gathered in the Heulin area of Malaga. They had been noticed to assemble there by messages on social media, however, the police had intercepted these ‘calls to arms’ messages and were ready and waiting for any potential trouble- they didn’t have to wait very long.
A total of twelve police vans with over 70 officers dressed in riot gear assembled in wait on la calle Tomás Echeverría. Local residents reported hearing the sound of a low flying helicopter- bought in by police to give on ‘eye-in-the-sky’ view of the protests. At around 11.30 pm it all kicked with youths, mostly hooded, throwing bottles at the police barricade.
Rubbish bins were set alight and the youths ran at police discharging there cache of bottles then returning for more from the recycling bins placed along the street. Cries of “For Spain” and “We do it for freedom” were heard as firecrackers and flares were hurled at the police. Within a few hours, it was all over with police making multiple arrests and council clean up crews already sweeping up the broken bottles and a fire engine putting out the burning bins.
Plain clothed officers picked out some members of the so-called ‘Bokerón Front’, they were pointed out and arrested shortly after the trouble finished. Members of the public were quick to condemn the actions of the youths on social media but some others were not at all surprised and commented: “It was just a matter of time, the situation here in Malaga is dire. No jobs and no money with no support from the government- it will get much worse believe me.”
Other witnesses were scared, “Things like this do not happen often, we were so scared, anything could have happened, I have kids and we live just by where the police barrier was, it was frightening to see.” said one local resident.
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