Thugs Loot Foot Locker And Orange Amid Catalan Uprising
This is the moment people break into Foot Locker and Orange shops to loot them as Catalan independence protests take place in Barcelona.
The shocking scenes were captured during protests city of Barcelona, in the eastern Spanish region of Catalonia, where thousands of people protested against the Spanish Supreme Court sentencing nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison.
In the videos, protesters can be seen breaking into Orange and Footlocker shops to loot the products inside.
In the first video, dozens of protesters sprint out of the Orange shop as a police vehicle can be seen.
In the second clip, thugs can be seen trying to break into a Lacoste shop before others can be seen stealing products from a Foot Locker shop whose windows have been smashed.
Miquel Buch, Head of the Interior Department of the Generalitat (Catalonia’s regional government) has confirmed looting took place in different shops in the city centre of Barcelona during the protests.
He says there has been a decrease in acts of vandalism in the city since the start of the protests.
Local media reported that the damages for the protests will amount to more than 2.5 million EUR (2.14 million GBP) in Barcelona, according to the data given by the city council of Barcelona which does not include the damage to the pavements nor the extra hours which city council workers will need to work.
In total since the protests started protesters have reportedly burnt 1,035 public bins.
Catalan police have started an investigation to find out more about the cases of looting and reports state that three people have been arrested will be charged with robbery.