The illegal rave party that since last Saturday is celebrated in Ivars de Noguera (Lleida) continues but has ended the patience of the Mossos d'Esquadra unions that demand the Interior to order immediate action to end this illegal party in which 300 people have participated and has resulted in five agents treated in the hospital after a confrontation in an access control. This Wednesday they still continue dancing a hundred attendees while dozens of agents control access to the rave without, for the moment, orders to act immediately.
On May 29, the police officers of the Generalitat received an internal communication from the Interior marking the protocol of action before the raves. EL PAÍS has had access to this document and among the measures it orders highlights: "In the case, that the illegal event takes place in an outdoor space and puts in serious danger, in a concrete and manifest way the safety of the people, proceed to the eviction of the attendees ".
Early Sunday morning five Mossos were injured while working in an access control to prevent mass attendance at the party. A truck heading to the rave rammed the patrol car and officers. The Mossos managed to stop the driver and a companion of the truck but other people who were in cars to the party confronted the agents and one of those arrested, handcuffed, managed to flee. Despite the seriousness of the events there was no police action and the party continued.
"As the internal statement warns, the party should be vacated as soon as there is a danger to people. We have five officers injured. What happens that Interior considers that the Mossos are not people?", denounces Albert Palacio spokesman of the Trade Union Union of the Autonomous Police of Catalonia (Uspac)
"It is inconceivable the amount of media and agents invested to simply see how these dozens of people are dancing who put the agents at risk. I would like to know if this party had happened in Sant Cugat or Cerdanya if Interior would order the eviction or not. The message we are giving is that Catalonia is the ideal place to celebrate raves because nothing happens here," he laments.
Toni Castejón of the Autonomous Police Union warns that a police action in the rave "especially if there are people passed around" is complicated and "more considering that they only face an administrative infraction." "The problem is that the rave of Ivars is being, from the first moment, very violent. It has become a security problem and we have to act in the same way that we intervene in demonstrations," he concludes.
The non-action of the Mossos has not only bothered the agents' unions. The SICME, the union formation that represents the commanders of the Mossos, has published several tweets urging the Interior to "act with the necessary speed and firmness." The SICME warns: "Catalonia cannot become a paradise for these illegal activities that endanger our forests and alter the coexistence of citizens, so it is necessary to send a clear message to the organizers of these parties that not everything is allowed here."
The mayor of Ivars de Noguera, Josep Magrí, has assured EL PAÍS that this Wednesday "there are only between 80 and 100 people left" and that he expects the party to end soon. "It is not the first time we found a rave in the municipality but we had never seen something so violent," warns the mayor. Magrí knows that the call has been "at European level" and that it should first be held in Àger (Lleida). "As it had rained the roads were very impassable and went to plan b that was our municipality next to the Santa Anna reservoir. We now know that trucks have destroyed roads and fruit trees. Both municipalities and Mossos do not have resources to avoid these parties that are punished only with an administrative sanction for the organizers. Maybe it's a fine of 1,000 euros and they have collected 15,000. It is a round business and the rest of us pay the consequences, "he denounces.
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