Spain deploys 9,000 police for cabinet meeting in Barcelona

To ensure public order amidst pro-independence demonstrations

14 December, 17:00

    (ANSAmed) - MADRID, DECEMBER 14 - More than 9,000 law enforcement officers will be deployed in Barcelona to ensure public order during a Spanish government cabinet meeting scheduled to take place there on December 21.

    Catalan and national police officers, as well as officers with the civil guard and city police, will put the region on lockdown amidst planned acts of "boycott and sabotage" announced on social media by pro-independence associations and Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDR), according to official sources cited Friday by Spanish daily El Pais.

    The Spanish Interior Ministry will deploy more than a thousand national police officers and civil guard officers from December 18 to December 23 in Barcelona, where the cabinet will meet at the centrally located Casa Llotja de Mar, the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce.

    The Catalan police force, the Mossos d'Esqaudra, will deploy an additional 8,000 officers.

    Meanwhile, regional police unions have threatened a protest with mass absences for illnesses next Friday if working conditions aren't improved with salary increases and payouts of arrears.

    Negotiations are currently underway with the Interior Department of the Catalan regional government, the Generalitat.

    An agreement in principle was said to have been reached during a marathon 15-hour meeting Thursday night. (ANSAmed).

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