A man is in hospital in San Sebastián seriously ill with an infection suspected to have been caused by E.coli bacteria (read article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). The news was reported this morning by radio station Cadena Ser, and included the detail that the patient had recently visited Germany for a few days; 14 people have died in Germany in the past week, with another 329 affected by the illness, as a result of E.coli infection, one possible source of which has been identified as cucumbers coming from Spain. Cases have also been discovered in Denmark, the UK, the Netherlands and Austria, although many of those affected are thought to have contracted the illness in Germany. There have also been two cases confirmed in the United States, but again the patients had been in Germany in recent times.
Barcelona city council is investigating an agent of the Guardia Urbana accused of encouraging violence against the protestors camped out in Plaça Catalunya since May 15th (read article in Castilian here, El Periodico). The man, identified only as Ferran T. F., is the subject of disciplinary proceedings on the basis of comments that he reportedly published on his Facebook page. Amongst other comments, he described those taking part in the protests as "perroflautas" (crusties) and wrote that he was annoyed not to have the chance to take action against them himself: "it's like being a baker and not being able to have a slice of the cake," he wrote after the incident on Friday when Catalan police charged at the protestors to try to clear Plaça Catalunya ahead of Saturday's Champions League final. "So many sons of bitches (hijoputa) and I couldn't even give them a slap on the back of the neck (colleja)." In a conversation with other Facebook users, the agent said that he had seen the Mossos go on the attack for six hours but ended up leaving "like little girls" while the protestors returned to the square. The Generalitat opened an investigation to see whether any of those taking part in the Facebook conversation were members of the Mossos d'Esquadra, although it was denied that any of the names given by those participating belonged to officers from the force by a spokesperson speaking to El País newspaper.
The Generalitat has issued its first fine for an overcrowded flat (read article in Catalan here, Avui). The owners of the flat, located in the Florida neighbourhood of L'Hospitalet, will have to pay €6,000 following the repeated complaints from a neighbour in the building dating back to 2009. As such, the Catalan government has become involved in a case that is, in theory, under the jurisdiction of the council. However, the Catalan Housing Law does allow for the Generalitat to intervene if there is "a lack of sanctions on the part of a local administration." "This is the first case and it won't be the last one," warned the director of the Agència de l'Habitatge, Jaume Font. "If we see that a town council hasn't taken action and could have done so, then we will act." The three owners of the flat were collectively fined for having too many people living in the property since 2005, which is described as a serious infringement of the Housing Law. According to paperwork submitted by the council of L'Hospitalet, the 44-square-metre flat has had up to 40 people registered as living there between 2005 and 2010.