Police dispel crowds in Barcelona after state of emergency is lifted
Law enforcement in Barcelona have been called in to disperse people drinking and dancing in the city center and on a nearby beach on the first weekend since Spain lifted its state of emergency.
Barcelona police, together with the Autonomous Police of Catalonia, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said they had dispersed crowds comprising a total of 9,055 people between 10 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday morning.
Some residents said the events were inevitable given the length of restrictions in Spain, where 79 new infections per 100,000 people were reported last week – around 16% of the peak rate in January.
“This COVID case has affected us a lot,” a young woman told Euronews. “So now everyone is very excited. They want to go out, they want to have fun and be with their friends. So I think that’s okay.”
Travel bans and intra-regional curfews were lifted across most of the country on May 9. Some regions, including the Balearic Islands, have chosen to maintain a curfew, but this decision is legally contentious, with courts in eastern Valencia and the Basque Country having ruled that maintaining the nighttime curfew was illegal in those areas. regions.
Explaining the new measures, a member of the national police told Euronews: “People can go out on the streets, they can be in the streets – there are no restrictions in place in this regard.
“What you have to do is respect the security measures and wear a mask, not to gather in large groups and especially not to share food and drink in public.”