National Police agents discourage the concentration against the amnesty on Ferraz Street (EFE/ JP Gandul)
“Police officers yes, mercenaries no.” This is one of the chants that was repeated the most in the tense anti-amnesty rally this Monday night next to the national headquarters of the PSOE, on Madrid’s Ferraz street, where the agents had to carry out several charges and throws of weapons. smoke and rubber balls against the protesters. Since last Friday, when the first mob against the measure that could invest Pedro Sánchez gathered there, criticism against the shielding of the socialist headquarters has been a flurry.
The discomfort among Corps agents is palpable. In statements to Infobae Spain, the spokesperson for the Unified Police Union (SUP), Jacobo Rodríguez, highlights that “no one is going to give us lessons about the commitment to the rule of law in Catalonia or what this amnesty entails.” Precisely, the SUP and the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) have called a rally in front of the Barcelona courts in support of the 45 agents prosecuted for the 1-O charges.
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In the Ferraz concentrations, none authorized by the Government Delegation in Madrid, there have been several moments of tension due to the continuous provocations to the agents of the Police Intervention Units (UIP), the riot police, by the protesters who are protesting. against the amnesty, which has led to several arrests, most of them for exceeding the police cordon next to the PSOE headquarters.
The vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan García-Gallardo, during the concentration in Ferraz (Ricardo Rubio/ Europa Press)
The tension ended this Thursday night in police charges, which preceded the use of rubber balls and smoke to dissuade the concentration. The agents also suffered bottles and blunt objects being thrown by some protesters.
From the SUP they defend the UIP device in Ferraz, since the national police are responsible for “compliance with the law”, that is, to “protect the legitimate right of assembly” and, in turn, to “guarantee that the proposals pass without incident.” In this case, the organizers of the concentrations could face financial sanctions for not having been authorized by the Government Delegation.
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The SUP spokesperson emphasizes that some agents are defending the headquarters of a party that “betrays them” with an “unfair” amnesty law that “leaves them at the feet of their horses,” but they know that “the first thing is compliance with the law and the rule of law.”
The Law on State Security Forces and Bodies, approved in 1986, obliges officials of the National Police and the Civil Guard to act with total political neutrality in the exercise of their functions. “It is a guarantee that the Police do not act in one way or another depending on who governs.”