(anarchistnews.org) During the day of the general strike, the 29th of March 2012, police made 79 arrests throughout Catalunya, mostly in Barcelona. Three of those arrested have been locked up awaiting trial, the rest are out on bail or provisional liberty.
On Thursday the 19th, they carried out 4 more arrests in Barcelona, mostly targeting anarchists. They also raided several houses, seized computers and clothes, and stole thousands of euros in solidarity money. The same day, they announced that the following week (this week), they would carry out 80 more arrests and launch a citizen collaboration website to encourage and enable citizen snitching on those photographed participating in rioting but whose identities are not already within the police database. They have also claimed they have taken the measure to make sure this website is safe from the spamming and hacking that have sabotaged similar attempts in other countries, however that claim has not yet been tested.
That website is here
The four arrests of last Thursday show the police using a more sophisticated integration of surveillance to be able to track masked rioters on the basis of shoes or other characteristics, and match these images with other images that show the same people at other times and other locations without their masks, enabling identification. Such techniques have already long been used in Germany and other countries, but their use in Catalunya is new.
Heavy new laws of repression will also be passed soon, and for May Day and the upcoming European Central Bank summit in Barcelona (2-4 May) city authorities will invite several thousand Spanish police into the streets to help the mossos d’escuadra maintain order, another unprecedented move.
The Catalan and Spanish governments are especially concerned about their international image as they are tourism-based economies whose ability to inspire investor confidence is shaky at best. Additionally, the comrades in Barcelona will be facing enormous legal fees and long legal processes that will most likely result in many prison sentences.
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