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Unas 300 Personas Se Manifiestan Por El Centro De Barcelona A Favor De Las Casas Okupadas De La Bonanova

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La manifestación a su paso por la Gran Via este martes.
La manifestación a su paso por la Gran Via este martes.MASSIMILIANO MINOCRI

Unas 300 personas se han manifestado este martes por el centro de Barcelona en una manifestación convocada por los colectivos que okupan dos viviendas en el barrio de la Bonanova. Los edificios han acaparado parte de la campaña electoral de la ciudad, donde algunos candidatos de partidos de derechas, como Ciudadanos, Vox o Valents, lo han capitalizado, acompañados de la organización de desahucios extrajudiciales Desokupa. “Parar el fascismo es cosa de totis”, han convocado los grupos okupas a las siete de la tarde en la plaza de Universidad.

La policía catalana ha catalogado la protesta de nivel 3 sobre 4, lo que contempla posibles incidentes. Pero finalmente la protesta se ha saldado con algunos escaparates rotos, y postes electorales destruidos, sin altercados graves. Mañana miércoles está previsto que se celebre el juicio por La Ruïna, uno de los dos bloques de la Sareb, conocido como banco malo, okupado. El otro, El Kubo, ya tiene una orden de desalojo, pero los Mossos pidieron hacerlo los dos a la vez, ya que están comunicados entre sí.

La anterior protesta por las casas okupadas de la Bonanova fue el 11 de mayo. Entonces Desokupa amenazó con desalojar los edificios por su cuenta y riesgo por las agresiones que dijeron que cometían contra los habitantes de la zona, algo desmentido por la asociación de vecinos. Dos protestas de signo opuesto, con medio millar de participantes cada una de ellas, acabó entonces sin incidentes.

Este jueves, Desokupa ha llamado también a manifestarse. Supuestamente en nombre de un empresario, del que el grupo no ha querido desvelar la identidad, han llamado a protestar en contra de las políticas que lleva a cabo la alcaldesa de la ciudad, Ada Colau. El único elemento de preocupación hasta el momento es que se puedan convocar otras manifestaciones de signo contrario.

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Dozens Of Coldplay Fans Scammed With Fake Tickets In Barcelona  – Olive Press News Spain

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Dozens of Brits attending the Coldplay concerts in Barcelona this week have been scammed with fake tickets. 

Police are dismantling a complex network that has swindled many people by selling them invalid tickets for the event. 

Four alleged scammers have been arrested by the Mossos d’Esquadra, who believe over 100 fans could be affected. 

Dozens of British flying to Barcelona were prevented from entering the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on the nights of Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Agents believe the same ticket was sold to a number of fans, and only the one arriving first was allowed to go inside the stadium. 

They further believe that various fake tickets were given as part of the resale outside the entrance. 

The four arrested are accused of pretending to be event organisers that claimed to be selling special passes and credentials to see the concert. 

The British band is playing tonight (Sunday May 28) in the last of the four concerts that are taking place in Barcelona this week. 

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Neo-Mudéjar Barcelona, A Hidden Pearl Among Modernisms

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The Spanish city of Barcelona, like every European metropolis, has been very concerned in recent times about creating an official account of its history, easily recognizable throughout the endless urban traces of its streets. However, there is an invisible period in the history of this Catalan capital: the Muslim one, spanning between the years 718 and 801, when the Frankish king Louis the Pious defeated the Arab invader to recover this strategic enclave for Carolingian interests. Destroyed over the centuries, there is no evidence of the presence of the Caliphate of Córdoba in the streets of Barcelona. On the other hand, the second half of the 19th century led to a boom in Neo-Mudéjar architecture for various reasons, the main one being the growth possibilities derived from the demolition of the medieval walls in 1854, when the city obtained the immense plain between its old limit and the nearby villages — which later became known as the Eixample — for its expansion.

This refoundation had to be carefully planned; Ildefons Cerdà, the engineer appointed by Madrid for the task, even set a series of aesthetic guidelines for the Eixample. They were ignored, however, because the new rich who occupied it wanted with all their might to be seen in colorful, exotic homes — both to stand out and to be equated with the French bourgeoisie, which was very absorbed in oriental fashions.

This neo-Mudéjar style arose around the beginning of the 1870s, and, due to economic reasons, it is distributed throughout different parts of the city. There were many buildings with Arabic details in the city center; today one can only admire the Casa Pere Llibre at number 24 of Passeig de Gràcia, which is hardly mentioned in the guides despite being an exception in that engaging avenue. It was built in 1872 by the architect Domènec Balet i Nadal, and it displays a profusion of geometric motifs, polylobed arches, wrought iron railings (a modernist prelude) and large windows with horseshoe arches. Other visible elements are much further away, in the distant periphery of Sant Gervasi, which at that time was a suburb populated by Barcelona lords that wished to have summer villas in the nearby periphery and was finally added to the metropolis on April 20, 1897. A construction popularly known as the German’s house or the Alhambra Building — also by the architect Domènec Balet, as well as the name of its street, del Berlinés (Berliner’s) — has given rise to endless legends. Built in 1875, its amazing façade stands out from the rest of the contemporary urban complex.

Casa Pere Llibre, at number 24 Paseo de Gracia, was built in 1872 by the architect Domènec Balet i Nadal.
Casa Pere Llibre, at number 24 Paseo de Gracia, was built in 1872 by the architect Domènec Balet i Nadal.Roman Babakin (Alamy)

The myth of this construction, which is protected by the City Council, derives from its interior, which is inaccessible unless you are very lucky and someone opens the door so you can admire the lobby: a scale copy of the Court of the Lions of the Alhambra in Granada. According to a popular account, a Berlin citizen married a woman from Granada and made that replica of the Andalusian architectural jewel in honor of her love. In reality, the German was called Otto Streitberger. He was a hustler in the business world at the end of the 19th century and was content to give his wife (who was from Cadiz) a villa in the town of Caldes de Malavella. The endurance of this myth is understandable given the few surviving samples in Barcelona of this Islamic inspiration, also theorized by the leaders of the incipient Catalanism — many of them architects — as a way of resuscitating all medieval forms in order to distance themselves from the Renaissance predominance on European land. This would situate this entire trend as a foretaste of modernism, which only materialized in 1891 when a municipal law allowed the façades to be more profusely decorated.

Before that year, the neo-Mudéjar style spread with ease without being branded as eccentric. The edges were filled with some villas bearing these attributes. One of the most peculiar ones is Torre Marsans, at 41 Passeig Mare de Déu del Coll: it deceives at first glance because its entrance resembles a castle, the prelude to a climb up to a 1907 mansion designed by Juli Marial Tey, with a square floor plan and exuberant decorations in its interior patio, an Arabic cloister that dazzles with its polychrome.

If you go down the Vallcarca viaduct from the Torre Marsans, you will be able to observe the idiosyncrasies of this neighborhood, which still exudes an aroma of peace despite its densification during the 20th century. From the bridge it is not difficult to notice a Mozarabic horseshoe arch crowned with two eagles; it is the only vestige of the family residence of Joan Batllori in Vallcarca, an old 19th century estate popularly known as Casa de los Arabescos. It was demolished between 2009 and 2011 as part of an urban reform that concluded in 2017 and which turned the area into a landscaped pathway.

Before that border year, the neo-Mudéjar was deployed with ease without being branded as eccentric. The margins were filled with villas with these attributes. One of the most curious is the Torre Marsans, at 41 Passeig Mare de Déu del Coll. It deceives at first glance because its entrance resembles a castle, the prelude to a climb up to the mansion from 1907, signed by Juli Marial Tey, with a square floor plan and exuberant decorations in its interior patio, a dazzling Arabic cloister due to its polychrome.

Casa de les Altures, a building designed in 1890 by Enric Figueras Ribas for the General Water Company of Barcelona.
Casa de les Altures, a building designed in 1890 by Enric Figueras Ribas for the General Water Company of Barcelona.Andres Membrive (Alamy)

If we go down the Vallcarca viaduct from the Torre Marsans, we will be able to observe the idiosyncrasies of this neighborhood, still with an aroma of peace despite its densification during the 20th century. From the bridge it is not difficult to notice a Mozarabic horseshoe arch crowned with two eagles. It is the only reminiscence of the family residence of Joan Batllori in Vallcarca, an old 19th century estate popularly known as the Casa de los Arabescos. It was demolished between 2009 and 2011, within the framework of an urban reform that concluded in 2017 and which turned the axis into a landscaped pathway.

The Casa de les Altures, a building designed in 1890 by Enric Figueras Ribas for the General Water Company of Barcelona, which adopted it as its headquarters, had better luck. Since the 1990s, this neo-Mudéjar pearl has been the seat of the municipal council of the Horta-Guinardó district.

Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf, on Paseo Lluís Companys.
Barcelona’s Arc de Triomf, on Paseo Lluís Companys.Maciej Olszewski (Alamy)

The taste for neo-Mudéjaric architecture declined when the Catalan bourgeoisie found in modernism a unitary form of expression as a symbol of its strength. However, until 1900 there were still some contributions, supported by an official discourse; not in vain the Arc de Triomf designed by the architect José Vilaseca as the main entrance to the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona in 1888 draws from those Moorish airs, as well as the Las Arenas bullring in the Plaça d’Espanya, built at the behest of the businessman José Marsans and which functioned since 1900 as a multipurpose space, hosting political rallies and bullfights until 1977, when its future was uncertain until it was turned into a shopping center and an exceptional viewpoint. It is worth visiting due to its 360-degree panoramic views that show how the surroundings of Montjuïc are the central point of the mix of styles, between the Venetian Towers, towards the mountain, the National Palace in the distance and the Escorxador Park, with its Woman and Bird statue by Joan Miró.

The Catalan capital, like any big city of our time, is an amalgamation of styles. The neo-Mudéjaric designs spread stealthily, and detecting them is a pleasure for the visitor who does not want to settle for the official routes and prefers to stray and find all the hidden Barcelonas among the landmarks of the tourist circuit.

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Police in Spain’s Barcelona arrest Ibiza robbers who snatched €70,000 watch from tourist

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THE POLICIA NACIONAL in Barcelona have arrested two men who stole two high-end watches from tourists in Ibiza.

A holidaymaker filed a complaint last Sunday after he had his €70,000 watch wrenched off him in the Marina Botafoch area of the island.

A man approached from behind and ran off after grabbing the watch and then jumped onto a motorcycle with a rider already waiting for him.

Police discovered that a similar incident happened the previous day but the victim did not report the incident.

In that case, he was inside his convertible vehicle parked in Marina Botafoch and had a similar brand of watch snatched off him.

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Officers identified the two robbers and they were arrested in the port area of Barcelona and both stolen watches were recovered.

The men have been charged with two counts of robbery with violence.

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