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Five injured in attack on migrant children’s center

Catalan government denounces the “intolerable” acts

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05 July 2019 10:42 AM

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ACN | Barcelona

An organized attack on a migrant children’s center in El Masnou, a seaside town north of Barcelona, has left five people injured

Among the injured are two minors who required medical attention, as well as a Catalan police officer

The government condemned the "intolerable" attacks on the "maximum protection centers, which host the most vulnerable people and which are a public service." 

The Catalan government also announced that a legal team to report on the events, which occurred on Thursday, will be established. 

"We demand that justice act with the utmost force against such attitudes of such gravity and that they should not be repeated again," the Social Affairs department of the government points out. 

The department also thanked the work and commitment of the teachers and professional teams working in the centers.

Al Masnou has 50 places for minors under government care since September 2018.

Crimes identified

By the afternoon of Friday, the Government announced that they had identified "up to six" crimes committed by the attackers. 

According to minister Chakir El Homrani, apart from the "obvious" crimes of hatred and discrimination, those responsible could also be accused of the alleged crimes of injuries, threats and coercion, home-based violation, and public disorder.

The Government will be in person and ask for the "maximum forcefulness" in punishing the attackers, in order to avoid a repetition of such incidents.

"They are very serious matters. A line has been crossed," he regrets. In this sense, the minister calls for coexistence and to fight the "narrative" of "the minority far-right extremists", whom he points out as responsible for the assault.

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  • Demonstration against recent sexual assaults and xenophobia in El Masnou this week. (Photo: Jordi Pujolar)

  • Demonstration against recent sexual assaults and xenophobia in El Masnou this week. (Photo: Jordi Pujolar)

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