See 20minutos. I thought we’d get trouble last year when, during what was allegedly a drugs raid, a member of the regional police force, the Mossos, gave a Moroccan an execution-style neck-shot. The police then lied about what had happened, and the Catalan interior councillor, Montse Tura, tried to prevent a proper investigation by another force and complained about a judge opening his own enquiry.
Young Maghrebi men create appalling problems for their fellow-citizens and the police, but it has to be said that the police have no serious training in dealing with people of different backgrounds and are often openly and violently racist. Most bizarre incident witnessed: A bunch of police have a Moroccan on the ground. Have you got a job, asks one. No, says the man on the ground. Shoot him, says the cop to a colleague. I said to a cop I know that this was Rodney King all over. No, he explained, what happened in LA was racism, but these Moors have it coming to them.
- a pleasant evening out
Very few journalists in any language can compete with Frits Abrahams, who currently writes five days a week for Holland’s best paper, NRC Handelsblad. His current function is that of glocal reporter: documenting clearly and accessibly everyday events that don’t get proper coverage elsewhere and that also happen to be of great importance to the rest of us. Here’s a speed translation of today’s column:
- Taken by the gypsies
Interesting report in this morning’s Vanguardia:
The man who in mid-November calls the police station of the Mossos d’Esquadra in Vic says that his 11-year old son has witnessed a kidnapping in Taradell (Osona). The report alarms the autonomous police force, which puts its incident plan into action; the description provided by the infant is precise
- The European dissemination of Barcelona Maghrebis’ trademark mugging technique: a brief multilingual glossary
The emerging narrative seems to be that the mass sexual assaults in Cologne and other places during the New Year celebrations confronted on the one hand white left-wing institutional racism and sexism (brown men can do no ill, for all Rolf Jäger’s (misreported?) fine words) with on the other hand brown right-wing popular racism and
- Lenin cult in Santa Coloma, Barcelona
The Lenin-loving Joves Comunistes are the miniscule youth-wing of the increasingly insignificant alphabet soup of confused post-communists headed up by the bed-hopping Catalan regional interior councillor, Joan Saura, whose police force shot and almost killed the Barcelona municipal police chief last week. (“Youth” in Spanish leftist politics means anyone who wears jeans; most of them will …