Ignasi Jorro 28/2/2021
The shopping sector sounds the alarm: “The country is getting out of hand.” This has been said by the Association of Merchants of Passeig de Gràcia, who got rid of the looting of the previous weekend yesterday, but who saw how the radicals for Pablo Hasél unleashed their anger against the businesses in Plaza Catalunya and the Guardia Urbana police station from the Ramblas. This, they warn, is a “qualitative leap”.
In a note, the shopping sector has warned that the serious altercations that took place after a march in defense of the rapper generate a “risk that the country will get out of hand.” The association recalls that “there had never been an assault on a police station, neither in the riots in Paris nor in those in Eindhoven (Holland) a month ago. Nowhere in Europe has a police station been attacked.”
In Catalonia it has happened three times in a few days, two in the Guardia Urbana de las Ramblas and once in the Mossos d’Esquadra de Vic (Barcelona). “It has become a serious problem” The commercial organization chaired by Luis Sans, and which groups together 180 businesses on Passeig de Gràcia and its surroundings, assures that “it is no small thing to put the police on the side of the attacks – in reference to the will of the independentists to change the police model – and not that of the solution. ” “Either we take it seriously or the country gets out of hand and here we will hurt ourselves.
This has become a serious problem,” the merchant valued. Sans has underlined that the image of the riots in Barcelona contrasts with the crowded terraces in other parts of Spain. “What happens? Aren’t they not worried? Don’t they have a crisis due to the pandemic? Aren’t they fed up with the situation?”
Hotels’ Association sees “passivity” The words of the Passeig de Gràcia Merchants Association come hours after the Hotel’s Association of Barcelona issued a harsh statement that denounced the “passive and ambiguous” attitude of some Administrations towards street violence. After yesterday’s attack on the NH Calderón hotel, part of the chain’s Collection range, the union called for “political responsibilities” to stop the vandalism.
The business organization chaired by Eduard Torres sent its support to the security forces of the State and the emergency teams. Their criticism focused on the institutions, which, according to them, were incapable of “guaranteeing the safety of citizens and the business fabric.”