#YoTambiénSoyAnarquista: Catalan Police Take Down Anarchist Terror Group In Barcelona And 1,000 Supporters March In Protest
The Mossos d’Esquadra, Catalonia’s regional police force, today arrested several people belonging to “a terrorist organisation of an anarchist nature” whom are believed to have been responsible for “several bomb attacks”.
During Operation Pandora, Police raided 14 locations during the course of the day: eight homes and three business premises in the Catalan capital Barcelona and locations in the towns of Sabadell and Manresa (Catalonia) and the Spanish capital Madrid.
The operation was directed by the National High Court in Madrid as part of a broader investigation into anarchist groups.
Eight people were arrested in Barcelona, one in Manresa, one in Sabadell and one in Madrid.
The seven women and four men in their early- to mid-thirties are from Spain, Uruguay, Italy and Austria.
The Madrid part of the operation was carried out by the Civil Guard.
One of those arrested in Barcelona is a city firefighter.
A spokesman for the Mossos d’Esquadra told The Spain Report by telephone that the police operation had finished around 7 p.m. Spanish time but was unable to provide more details regarding the nature of the “bomb attacks” the eleven have been arrested for.
Spanish news sites reported the centre of the operation in Barcelona was a squat house known as the Kasa de la Muntanya and that the bomb attacks consisted of explosive devices place against cash machines in the city in 2012 and 2013.
El Periódico de Catalunya reported Operation Pandora had been carried out as part of the investigation into the Mateo Morral anarchist group that placed small explosive devices in the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid and the Pilar Basilica in Zaragoza last year.
Mateo Morral was an early Twentieth-Century Catalan anarchist who attacked the wedding convoy of Alfonso XIII with a home-made bomb in 1906 in Madrid’s Calle Mayor, as the royal newlyweds were being driven in a horse-drawn carriage towards the nearby Royal Palace.
The King and his consort Maria Eugenia escaped unscathed, but 28 people were killed.
During the Civil War, the Calle Mayor was renamed Calle Mateo Morral.
Around 1,000 anarchist supporters marched in defence of those arrested in Barcelona on Tuesday evening, as did smaller groups in other Spanish towns and cities, using the Twitter hashtag #ITooAmAnAnarchist (#YoTambiénSoyAnarquista).
In central Madrid, riot police charged to break up the march as it made its way down the Spanish capital’s main street.
Those detained today in Barcelona will now go before investigating judge Javier Gómez Bermúdez on charges of: “belonging to a criminal organisation of an anarchist nature with terrorist ends”.