Enrique Figueredo penned an article in a recent La Vanguardia, which told a torrid tale…
A street battle between youths of Dominican origin and the local police, in the environs of Barcelona’s Pou de la Figuera and Mercat de Santa Caterina.
Since the article above was written, a noticeable peace has descended in the district – impacting local Moroccan activity as well – and we wrote about that here.
The article above goes roughly like this:
The tension between the different protagonists in the locality is high. Back at the start of May there was an episode on the street between young Dominicans and police, which demonstrated the ongoing difficulties with security in the area, something Óscar Aybar, president of the association of shopowners on Sant Pere més Baix describes as, “having exceeded all limits, and having spread fear in the district.”
The incident commenced when a group of police dedicated to stopping street crime encountered a young Dominican male who they wanted to identify. The situation intensified and the young man fled. The police took chase and caught-up with the young man who by now had found a group of his friends who attacked the police. The young man was arrested. Soon after a judge released the boy and admonished the police for their actions. Although the arrest was revoked, it wasn’t lost on anyone the seriousness of a group of youths attacking police officers.
Following the incident, the distance between the two sides has widened. Nearby at Santa Caterina market it is easy to see groups of people of Dominican origin and close-by, amid the pedestrians, plainclothes policemen.
The debacle continued until a follow-up operation took place on May 18th where 70 agents from the Mossos d’Esquadra, Guardia Urbana and Cuerpo Nacional de Policía stopped and identified 152 individuals. You can read more about that in our article here.
Anecdotally we’ve been hearing that Dominican thieves in the Pou de la Figuera and Mercat de Santa Caterina area particularly favour gold and especially gold chains, and we provide some background stories here and here.