Riot police end cathedral protest

7th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

7 June 2004, BARCELONA – Riot police removed at least 600 immigrants who had locked themselves in Barcelona cathedral in an effort to force the Spanish government to give them the legal right to work, it was reported Monday.

7 June 2004

BARCELONA – Riot police removed at least 600 immigrants who had locked themselves in Barcelona cathedral in an effort to force the Spanish government to give them the legal right to work, it was reported Monday.

Some 100 others who spent the night at the nearby church in the neighbourhood of Pi left early Sunday.

The immigrants in the cathedral - 600 according to police and more than 1,000 according to the pressure group Assembly for Unconditional Legalization - were evicted by police at about 4.30am.

A group of 20 riot police entered the cathedral to eject about half the illegal immigrants.

The other half left of their own accord.

Police spokesmen told EFE that the eviction was conducted "without incident (and) in a peaceful manner."

An assembly spokesman, however, told EFE that the group did not leave voluntarily but "by force and with violence."

Hundreds of immigrants locked themselves Saturday night in the cathedral to demand "unconditional" legalisation of the more than 200,000 people who are living in Barcelona illegally and about a million others in the same situation across Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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