A Raval neighbourhood group, Raval per Viure, has sent over 500 letters with "graphic evidence" of incivility of their area to the mayor (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). The group first hung banners with the slogan "We want a decent area" from their balconies and unsuccessfully invited the mayor to spend a night in one of their homes but now have resorted to sending Hereu's office evidence of the degradation of daily life in the Raval. The message on the postcards is "Raval: SOS, people live here". The postcards show images of prostitution, violence, aggression in the streets, robberies and establishments opening late at night, drug use and selling and noise. The postcards were also sent to the Generalitat, the Catalan police, the Guardia Urbana, political parties, the media and other communication institutions.
The Spanish government is convinced that the kidnapping of the three Acció Solidària Catalan Barcelona workers is the work of Al Qaeda (article in Castilian, El Pais). Their fears are based on information delivered to them by the Spanish National Intelligence Centre (CNI). Albert Vilalta, Alicia Gamez and Roque Pascual were captured by a group of armed men on Sunday afternoon and the search for the missing NGO workers now underway involves two aircraft from the Air Force, five police cruisers and the army. The Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz who spoke on Sunday to the Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said that the caps and the tyre tracks of the vehicle involved in the hijacking all pointed to the work of a terrorist group. It is thought that the three Catalans are probably on their way to Mali. The Spanish Civil Guard currently working in Mauritania against illegal immigration, with around 30 agents, are now engaged in the search.
The Noxa Institute poll, which was published in yesterday's La Vanguardia and revealed the broad rejection of the reform of the Diagonal, was today in even more trouble thanks to the distancing from the project by both the CiU and PP (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Mayor Jordi Hereu's extensive plans for the avenue was rejected by around 65 percent of respondents with only 29 percent in favour. The head of urban planning, Ramon Garcia Bragado played down the rejection and said yesterday, "partly it is reasonable because the people of Barcelona do not know the project. Do not know what improvements we will propose and therefore it is very difficult for them to decide on a work not known to them". The mayor argues that residents will be offered two models as to what should happen to the Diagonal but CiU spokesman Joaquim Forn thinks that a third should be offered that allows people to simply reject any reform.
Also in the news: After a month of mild weather in November the temperatures have finally dropped by about 10 degrees. (El Punt).