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Eight sent to prison without bail for an arson attack on a police van in Barcelona

The group face an attempted murder charge as there was an officer inside the burning vehicle.
The group face an attempted murder charge as there was an officer inside the burning vehicle. / AGENCY
  • Six Italians, a young French person and a Spanish woman were detained during the protests and riots following the imprisonment of Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél

A court in Barcelona has ordered that the eight young people arrested last Saturday for an arson attack on a police vehicle during the protests and riots in Barcelona should be sent to prison without bail.

They are six Italians, a young French person and a Spanish woman who are allegedly responsible for the attack on a Barcelona local police van, when there was an officer inside, during demonstrations following the jailing of the Catalan rapper Pablo Hasél.

The police officer managed to get out of the vehicle and wasn’t injured but now the court will consider charges including attempted murder, an attack on agents of authority, public disorder, damage, illegal demonstration or assembly and belonging to a criminal group.

According to sources, the accused only answered questions from their defence teams during their court appearance.

The Mossos regional police force, said of last Saturday night, "They acted in groups and with great violence," adding that they caused damage to banks, shops and street furniture and acted with a “high level of organisation, committing aggressive and violent actions towards the police”.

"They always acted in groups, some carried out the vandalism and the rest protected the action and provided cover and the exit route to avoid their arrest," the police reported.

Since the start of the riots over the imprisonment of rapper Pablo Hasél, the Catalan police have arrested a total of 140 people.