Thousands of people have walked this 9 d’Octubre the streets of the center of Valencia to reject the “impunity of fascist violence”. Four years after the brutal ultras aggressions, two marches have demanded an end to the aggressions of the extreme right. On the one hand, the demonstration called by the Comissió 9 d’Octubre has crossed the Colón street from the Plaza de San Agustín to end at the Parterre.
Even more numerous, a demonstration called by pro-independence and anti-fascist groups has left from the North Station to end in the Plaza de América, where a spokeswoman has read a manifesto.
During this march, a large group of agents from the Police Intervention Unit (UIP) has surrounded the protesters at all times. The demonstration, with some 3,000 attendees (mostly young people), has had an order service that has avoided encounters with isolated elements of the extreme right that have appeared in its path. They have chanted slogans such as “Ací estem els antifeixistes” or “Els carrers will be semper nostres”.
At the beginning of the demonstration, which has gathered several columns from different neighborhoods of the city, two young men with neo-Nazi aesthetics have been withdrawn by the National Police. The agents have identified a group of counter-protesters and a flag pole has been confiscated in a preventive manner, according to sources from the Government Delegation.
A journalist covering the demonstration has been identified after reporting to the IPU agents to an ultra troublemaker who was threatening him. The man, however, has not been identified, according to the informant. On the other hand, near the end of the march in the Plaza de América, a member of the law enforcement service has been identified after a clash with another ultra who has launched aggressions against the protesters. Finally, the agents have identified both.
Upon the arrival of the column from Benimaclet at the metro station located in front of the Estación del Norte, several agents identified and registered the protesters. In the Plaza de América, a young woman has read a manifesto that denounced the “collusion of the system with the fascist gangs.”
Acció Cultural del País Valencià, convenor of the other march, has valued the demonstration positively and recalled in a statement that in the last electoral calls the Valencian social majority “is in favor of the values of progress and of the country, of dialogue, of respect and positive construction “.
The Government Delegation in Valencia has reported that the National Police has identified 45 people and issued four sanctions for disobedience (last year there were 130 identified and 20 sanctioned). The isolated incidents have been “of little relevance and there have been no material or personal damages,” he adds.