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The second day of protests in the countryside leaves twelve detained and 2,500 identified for possible sanction

MADRID, 7 Feb.

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The second day of protests in the countryside leaves twelve detained and 2,500 identified for possible sanction


The second day of protest by the agricultural sector in Spain has left a provisional balance of twelve detainees, at least six in Granada, due to clashes with the Civil Guard on a day with intermittent cuts on the main traffic routes and with more than 2,500 people identified for possible sanction, according to Interior sources.

Specifically, the data provided by the aforementioned sources includes a total of 2,562 people identified for proposed administrative sanction, as well as 733 administrative complaints filed and 12 people detained.

The Ministry of the Interior reported last night that the first day of tractor-trailers left two detained in La Rioja and Valladolid for crimes of disobedience, in addition to a hundred identified for possible violations of the Citizen Security laws - known as ' gag law' - or Road Safety. That is to say, both those arrested and those identified have increased on the second day.

One of the images of this Wednesday was the circulation of tractors through the center of Barcelona, ​​with the intention of the farmers to meet with the president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, and convey their request to simplify bureaucracy and impose "reciprocity" in imports from outside Europe, putting an end to unfair competition and establishing prices appropriate to costs.

At different points, Security Forces agents could be seen trying to convince the protesters that they could not keep the roads closed indefinitely.

On the second day of protests, Granada has been one of the points of greatest tension due to the arrest of at least people in the concentration next to the A-92 in the municipality of Santa Fe, in the metropolitan area of ​​the Andalusian city. The intention of farmers and ranchers was to take the tractor unit to the ring road of the capital of Granada during the morning.

The Government Subdelegation in Granada has explained that the arrests have been carried out due to an alleged attempt to attack Civil Guard agents, after clashes between protesters and members of this security body.

In the province of Malaga alone, 400 people have been identified for possible violations of the organic law on citizen security since the protests began on Tuesday, managing to occasionally block access to the port, although this Wednesday the situation was normalized.

The Government's deputy delegate in Malaga, Javier Salas, has assured that "from now on" they will begin to process all the sanctions that are imposed due to road closures and unreported protests. The files can lead to financial fines and even a criminal investigation.

In the neighboring province of Cádiz, the main damage has been recorded in Jerez de la Frontera, where protesters have occupied both directions of the A-4 highway at the entrance to Guadalcacín, also occasionally affecting access to the airport on that road. For this reason, Aena has recommended opting for alternative itineraries.

The Government delegate in Extremadura, José Luis Quintana, also referred this Wednesday to the consequences of the cuts to ensure that "logically, those farmers and ranchers who participate in demonstrations that "are not communicated and, therefore, are already being fined." therefore, they are not authorized."

"When they are not communicated or authorized, there is a responsibility for those who participate in that demonstration," added the representative of the Executive in Extremadura, warning that "there will be sanctions for people who identify themselves in a timely manner."

The Ministry of the Interior monitors the situation with the creation of a Coordination Center (CECOR) with the participation of regional police and representatives of the DGT and the ministries of Agriculture, Territorial Policy and Transport.

The head of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, reiterated this Wednesday from the Senate that the Government's purpose is to meet the demands of the countryside and guarantee the right to demonstrate, but without this affecting essential services or mobility. of the citizen.