Neo-Nazi hate crime sparks "anti-fascist" riot
19 November 2007, Barcelona - Hundreds of people rioted in Barcelona Saturday as police attempted to break up an illegal demonstration called to protest the murder a week earlier of a 16-year-old boy by a neo-Nazi.
19 November 2007
Barcelona - Hundreds of people rioted in Barcelona Saturday as police attempted to break up an illegal demonstration called to protest the murder a week earlier of a 16-year-old boy by a neo-Nazi.
The rioters, who described themselves as anti-fascists, assaulted police officers, burnt garbage containers and attacked the headquarters of the regional interior affairs department. Several rioters and 10 police officers were injured in the violence and seven people were arrested.
The riot on Saturday followed a similar outbreak of extremist violence in Madrid the previous weekend following the murder of Carlos Javier P., a 16-year-old anti-fascist stabbed to death by a 24-year-old off-duty soldier, Josué Estébanez de la Hija.
Estebánez de la Hija had been on his way to a protest organized by a far-right party against immigration, while his victim had been planning to attend a counter rally. The hate crime led authorities to ban all demonstrations that could trigger violence.
According to police, there are up to 10,000 neo-Nazis in Spain, a number that officials say has remained stable in recent years. However, NGOs trying to combat ideological and racist violence claim that they have intensified their campaigns recently.
[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]
Subject: Spanish news