The King and Pedro Sánchez will be in Catalonia today at the awards ceremony of the Barcelona New Economy Week, and the place of the event, the Estación de Francia, and its surroundings –including the Citadel park in which the autonomous Parliament is located, which ends a long plenary session– will be fully shielded by the Mossos d’Esquadra, in collaboration with the National Police, the Civil Guard and the Urban Guard.
The King’s visit to Barcelona is the first after the Government veto that Don Felipe attended the delivery of judicial dispatches in September, so the media expectation habitual of a view of the King adds, on this occasion, the political connection. An event that, in addition, will feature the protests of independentistas at the gates of the Estación de Francia, including the three major parties (JpC, ERC and the CUP), the ANC, Òmnium and the self-proclaimed CDR, so security will be maximum.
The police device, led by the Mossos d’Esquadra and supervised by the Government Delegation, it was completed last night, and throughout this Thursday several meetings were held (at the Coordination Center) to specify the operation that, in some aspects, will be similar to the one that was deployed on December 21, 2018 in Barcelona, when the Executive of Pedro Sánchez transferred his Weekly Council of Ministers.
In this Friday’s device, the Civil Guard will be in charge of port security in the Free Zone, a place where the King will travel after the act in the France station, around 11:45 a.m., to visit a 3D printing business incubator. This visit will be without the presence of journalists.
The National Police is responsible for security at the station in France and, logically, in the movements of Don Felipe and Sánchez. A security that will have, at all times, the support of the anti-riot agents of the Mossos d’Esquadra.
And the Urban Guard will regulate the traffic so that the displacements of the authorities take place without incident and as fast as possible. The local police also have a mandate to prevent protests from causing roadblocks in Barcelona.
The first act of Don Felipe is scheduled to begin today at 10.30 am. Coinciding in time, ANC and Omnium They have summoned a human chain from the Estación de Francia to the monument to Columbus. Also at 10:00 am, the CDRs have called a protest at the gates of the Estación de Francia.
An hour before, at 9 in the morning, the last plenary session will take place a few meters away at the Catalan Parliament. The park in which it is located will be closed to the public.