The Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (CNP) have arrested eight individuals in the Raval who are allegedly connected to the Bombay bomb attacks in 2008 (read article in Castilian here, El País). Yesterday afternoon, officers of the CNP arrested seven individuals from Pakistan, a further person thought to be from Africa was arrested during the night. Those arrested are thought to be part of a group that provided false documents and money to terrorist groups Lashkar and Toiba (LeT) who are accused of perpetrating the attacks in Bombay in 2008. The operation, ordered by the Audiencia Nacional took place around 7pm last night with the Carrer de Sant Climent, in the Raval area of the city, which remained cut off for several hours by police vans. The police raid is part of a much larger operation, with arrests also taking place in other European countries. The aim is to prevent and cut off links between those living in Europe and cells operating in Pakistan. According to police sources, those arrested yesterday were part of a "perfectly structured" group and were "fully aware" of the end use of the documentation. The attacks in Bombay killed 86 people and injured 250 others.
Works on the AVE uncover a Neolithic village in Sant Andreu (read article in Castilian here, El Periódico). Work around the Torre del Fang has uncovered an unknown medieval village where archaeologists have found the remains of a person buried 5,000 years ago near the station. The unearthed skeleton is the first of its kind to be found in the area. Ferran Puig, director of the Servei d'Arqueologia del Museu d'Història de Barcelona said the findings are now in the museum laboratory, waiting for scientific analysis. The team also uncovered a Roman villa from the fourth century. Puig explains that these findings reveal unknown stages and characteristics of human occupation. "Now we have evidence that in Sant Andreu there was a Neolithic settlement 5,000 years ago." He added that, in general, the remains are in poor condition. Puig has put the damage down to the construction of the old train station and adds that "we were very lucky not to have destroyed all traces of this village." The findings have not caused any obstacle or conflict in the construction of the AVE railway line, but Puig urged a move towards establishing protection zones and rules to safeguard areas."
Every night some 600 people sleep on the streets of Barcelona (article in Castilian here, La Vanguardia). Not only that but around 800 people sleep at the different centres of the Xarxa d'Atenció a les Persones Sense Sostre (XAPSS) according to a report presented to the second deputy mayor for Acción Social y Ciudadanía, Ricard Gomà. Carme Fortea, the directory of the Ayuntamiento programme for vulnerable people explained at a press conference held yesterday that "the number of people in social exclusion remains high". The crisis has increased the number of people requiring social services, with around 70 percent of those asking for help with housing. She explained that the council has mechanisms to prevent eviction in cases of severe poverty in order to prevent emergency situations which lead to expulsion. The XAPSS is launching a scheme, entitled 'Imagina un 2015 sin nadie en la calle' which will see 25 institutions collaborating in sharing data on the homeless and developing new proposals. During the press conference Fortea, also launched an online catalogue of resources, services and partnerships available to the homeless which can be found on bcn.cat/barcelonainclusiva. Gomà said that the budget allocated to the programme is €20 million, which he says has not been affected by the crisis. On December 1st, 2nd and 3rd, the 'Imagina un 2015 sin nadie en la calle' will also hold an awareness campaign in 12 markets in Barcelona distributing leaflets and stickers.