He Ministry of Interior finalizes this Friday the preparations for a police device reinforced by the provision that Farmer protests try to block traffic in Madrid this weekend. “The approach is that, “If you plan to collapse the city, don’t make it,” confirms a Madrid police source. There is no “they will not pass”, but the Civil Guard is preparing to ensure that no uncommunicated demonstration plants tractors in the city.
For other demonstrations that are reported, such as the one on the 21stYes, it is planned to allow the entry of a limited number of tractors but always with the aim of preventing the deliberately slow movement of these vehicles from stopping traffic in the city or blocking entrances and exits.
The police forecast is that The weekend will be calmer in Madrid than you might think the noise on social networks. There is only one entity that calls to “take Madrid”, which is Platform 6F – emerged in the shadow of the extreme right and catalyzed by the Valencian Community -, but the police commanders consulted assume that this group and its alleged leader, Lola Guzman, less drawing power in the sector than it appears on X or on Telegram. It is also the only entity that has called for tractors to be placed on Ferraz Street, where the PSOE has its federal headquarters, since this Friday.
However, the device contemplates – as usual – the worst scenarios. The riot police of the UIP of the National Police, who will be reinforced with the incorporation of agents from other provinces, have the instruction to preserve the circulation of essential services, as well as roads to logistics nodes key for the city, like Mercamadrid.
A source close to the planning recognizes that “We work a little blindly, since these are unreported concentrations,” that move especially in the sea of WhatsApp chats. Police reaction time is, in principle, guaranteed by the slowness of the vehicles and by a sieve in steps which the Civil Guard will be in charge of on the access roads on the outskirts of the city.
There is in fact a swarm of informal appeals on social networks, like those that have been agitating farmers in various parts of the country all week. From the confluence of points in these announcements comes a forecast for especially secure the Atocha-Carrera de San Jerónimo axissince the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and that of the Congress of Deputies, in the two points respectively, are often cited by the agitators of the protest.
At this point in the week, and provisionally, it seems important mobilizations on the A6 ruled out at the height of the Moncloa palace or on Ferraz street – scenes of ultra protests against Pedro Sánchez and the amnesty last November – because the calls to those points are “those of a radical minority”, explains one of the sources consulted.
Part of the preparations was a meeting held this Friday at the headquarters of the Government Delegation in the Community of Madrid, with the presence of Government delegate, Francisco Martínand participation of officials from the Ministry of the Interior, Civil Guard Police, General Directorate of Traffic, Municipal Police, health care services, Civil Protection and Firefighters.
They are going 20 arrested in different encounters between protesters and police forces, mostly due to attack against authority or disobedience“facts unrelated to what should be a peaceful demonstration,” according to the minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska.
The head of the Interior has explained that the Interior is not aware of any gathering called in the center of Madrid, and has warned that “all demonstrations must be communicated; an uncommunicated manifestation has a response in terms of the rule of law and in terms of legality”.
Marlaska insisted this Friday before the press in Algeciras on the need to find “the necessary balance to guarantee the exercise of the right to demonstrate with, also, the right of society as a whole to develop their lives peacefully and have access to all public services.”
The security forces have carried out throughout Spain more than 5,500 identifications of participants in the tractor drives for possible administrative sanctions for blocking public roads, and there are already 2,000 files initiated for violations against the Citizen Security law or Traffic regulations. The defendants face possible penalties of an average of 3,000 euros. The number of traffic fines imposed now exceeds 4,000.