Los Mossos d'Esquadra and the Guardia Urbana deployed officers this morning to move protesters, currently inhabiting Plaça Catalunya, in order to let cleaning crews go to work (read article in Castilian here, El País). To shouts of "this isn't cleaning, it's an eviction", police attempted to temporarily move the 'indignados' in order to clean the area for, what they were calling, "health reasons". Mossos charged a group of protesters saying they were impeding the movement of the cleaning vehicles. Clean up crews are there to remove objects that can be used in the predicted disturbances between the campers and those celebrating the Champions League final. A spokesman for the Mossos said that the call to move the 300 campers temporarily was in order to remove the structures they have built in case of danger tomorrow. Police have suggested the protesters leave the plaça temporarily, especially tomorrow night and return on Sunday. Police are attempting to remove bottles and objects that could be used as potential weapons. Due to the police presence there has been a sharp rise of people in the Plaça.
Thieves have stolen falcon chicks from a pair of peregrine falcons living in the Sagrada Familía (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). Antoni Pelegrín, the environmental prosecutor has opened an investigation on the theft following a complaint filed by the Ayuntamiento. Eduard Durany, head of the team responsible for the reintroduction of the birds was alerted to the disappearance of the eggs and said "we were controlling things from afar because we knew the female was incubating eggs, suddenly one day, on visiting, the chicks weren't there." The number of eggs was not known but Durany says there are usually three or four." The hawks of the Sagrada Familia typically bred in an inaccessible corner that has a webcam to facilitate monitoring. However, this spring, after the death of a female, a new pair of hawks have chosen to nest in a different location. Durany warned that the birds are a protected species and that the theft took place in a restricted area.
The future of the PSOE party looks in further doubt with the withdrawal of Carme Chacón as a possible candidate for the replacement of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). In a month that has seen the worst electoral defeat in the history of the party, Zapatero is due to meet with members of his party today to agree a line on the immediate future of the party after the resignation of Chacón. The meeting should serve to reconcile the views of leaders on how the succession of Zapatero should be carried out. The most important point on the agenda will be to iron out discrepancies that have emerged in recent days between those members who wish to hold a congress and those who prefer to hold primaries where they can choose the candidate. The meeting comes a day after Defence Minister Carme Chacón announced her intention of not running, in order to avoid a clash of candidates that would erode the party even further.