Police disperse thousands from outdoor weekend gatherings in Spain

Madrid, Aug 22 (EFE).- Spanish police broke up several outdoor public gatherings this weekend night for failing to comply with Covid-19-related health restrictions.

Although the fifth wave of the infection continues to decline in Spain, most of the country is still at very high risk of transmission, with an average incidence of 345 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days.

On Friday and Saturday night, police dispersed more than 11,500 people at several gatherings in Barcelona, mainly at parties in the Gracia neighborhood of the capital of the Catalonia region and from the city’s beaches.

The increase in the number of these gatherings is largely due to the end of the curfew in Catalan municipalities since last Thursday, when a court banned an extension of the regional government’s measure.

On Sunday, in the fifth consecutive night of incidents, the Police arrested 10 people while three officers were injured in the northern coastal city of San Sebastian, while they were monitoring compliance with the public health measures; groups of rioters broke shop windows, burned waste containers and threw objects.

Early Saturday morning the Civil Guard broke up 300 people participating in a “botellón” (public drinking) on a beach in La Coruña (northwest). EFE


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