The municipal government of Manresa announced this Monday that it will appear as a public prosecutor in the case of the mass fight that occurred this weekend and the damage caused to the city's six-coach station.
The mayor, Marc Aloy, has reported that the investigations are open and that, at this time, the two episodes cannot be linked. Aloy has stated that the participants in the fight are "minors, very young, schooled in the city" and that "there were no injuries." The mayor has also explained that the council "will go to the end" to clarify the facts and has made it clear that the government has "zero tolerance for crime and incivility."
A group of young people kicked and punched each other last Saturday on Paseo Pedro III and threw chairs and tables at each other that they took from some bars in the area. Given the situation, many customers had to run from the terraces when they saw the magnitude of the fight. The next day, a group of hooded young people stoned the windows of at least six buses that had parked at the Manresa bus station.
"These are regrettable events that embarrass us," the mayor responded forcefully in reference to the "pitched fight" of the young people, which forced passers-by to leave the terraces on Saturday afternoon.
Aloy has also said that there is an open investigation to clarify the causes of both episodes and has advanced that, at this time, it cannot be determined if both events are related to each other. The mayor has advanced that, once they have collected all the information, the City Council "will appear directly" in the cases that are open so that "responsibilities can be determined."
On the other hand, Aloy has also said that on the same Sunday morning he contacted the Minister of the Interior, Joan Ignasi Elena, to explain the facts. "The councilor confirmed to us that it is not an exclusive case of Manresa, that these are events that unfortunately occur in several large cities in the country," he explained. As an immediate measure, the council has reinforced the police presence in the city center and will convene the Security Table.
For its part, the Manresa Comerç association has condemned the events through a statement and has stressed that "too often" the commerce and restaurants of Manresa have to "endure" acts of vandalism of this type. In recent weeks, especially on Nou, Born or Saclosa streets in the historic center. In addition, they have demanded "more ambitious" measures to "guarantee public order."
At the same time, the association has warned that the city cannot afford more images like the one on Saturday, after it went viral on social networks, and has warned that we must "take care of the image" of the city by preventing them from passing acts like this.