Riots in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, Victory in Burgos

On January 10, riots began in the city of Burgos, Spain, when police attacked a protest against the gentrification of the working class neighborhood Gamonal.
Riots continued for 4 consecutive nights, and afterwards opponents of the project to construct a ritzy boulevard through Gamonal continued mobilizing to block the construction.

People in dozens of other cities organized solidarity protests. Protests were held in Madrid on the 14th and 15th, turning into riots both nights in response to the typically heavy handed response of Madrid police. On the 16th, solidarity protests also turned into riots in Barcelona and Zaragoza. In Barcelona, masked protesters smashed over a dozen banks, luxury hotels, Starbucks, Burger Kings, and other businesses, setting fire to a number of them, and pelting police with trash, bottles, and unprecedentedly potent fireworks that set the police jumping (in a city where riot police don't flinch when quarter sticks of dynamite go off at their feet). The protest/riot went all the way to the Generalitat, the seat of the Catalan government, where people continued to throw objects at police. Police reinforcements arrived, dispersing protestors, who subsequently attacked a police station on Las Ramblas and smashed more businesses in Jardinets de Gracia, a significant distance away.

Barcelona (videos show attack on police station, don't show the heaviest damages)

The same day, authorities in Burgos announced that the construction project was suspended.



Regarding the Barcelona riots, it is notworthy how the press largely claimed the protest was peaceful until the very end when a group of masked ones attacked the police station. Curiously, on youtube I couldn't find any videos of all the smashy smashy during the majority of the march, just a little ineffective rock throwing and some of the smaller trash fires. The media pigs were there the whole time but they collectively censored the catchier images to protect the narrative of social peace. In reality, the march had the same intensity of smashing as the better general strikes, just a smaller crowd and shorter duration

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