Turkey passes law to divide and control the legal profession | International

Turkish lawyers protest on June 22 in front of the Çaglayan Palace of Justice (Istanbul) against the law to reform the bar associations and against the repression of the protest of their colleagues in Ankara.MURAD SEZER / Reuters

The judicial system is probably the domain of the State that more reforms have undergone since Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to power in Turkey; until you have managed to convert one of the toughest bastions of opposition to their policies in a greased machinery that, most of the time, acts in line with what the Government intends. However, Turkish lawyers have continued to be annoyed by their constant complaints of abuses and violations of rights, something that the Government now intends to solve through a new law to reform the bar associations whose objective is to dilute the weight of the most critics. The law was approved last weekend with the votes in favor of the Islamist and far-right deputies that make up the government majority.

“It is an attempt to discipline us, to reduce our influence, to destroy us,” laments lawyer Kemal Aytaç. The reform has prompted fierce protests from bar associations across the country and the opposition has filed an appeal for its annulment before the Constitutional Court.

The Magna Carta of Turkey grants bar associations the status of public body, although independent from the rest of the judicial system. They are organized by province and every lawyer is obliged to join one, since they are the ones who issue the licenses to practice. The new law, alleging the need for a more “plural and democratic” representation, will now allow that, in those provinces with more than 5,000 lawyers, new colleges can be created. Something that, according to criticism of the NGO Human Rights Watch, will open the way for schools to be formed “aligned with the ideology of each political party.”

Furthermore, the new law has modified the election system of the Turkish Bar Association (TBB), which is the one that collects the funds and distributes them among the provincial schools. Before, for the election of the TBB leadership, each provincial college sent three delegates plus one for every 300 affiliates, and now it will send four per college plus one for every 5,000 members. In this way, the schools of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, which comprise almost 60% of the 130,000 lawyers in Turkey, will only have 27 of the 400 votes, while previously they had a little more than half.

“By chance it turns out that the schools in the most populated provinces, the ones most affected by the new law, are also the most critical of the Government,” Aytaç says ironically. Erdogan has charged several times against the legal profession calling for its reform, for example when the highest schools boycotted a ceremony in the presidential palace as a complaint given the lack of impartiality of Justice, or when, recently, the Ankara College criticized the homophobic statements of the president of the Directorate of Religious Affairs.

The law has been made by rapid procedure and without consulting lawyers (the Government maintains that they were invited to participate, but they refused). Just before the summer close of Parliament and with enough time for the new system to be operational for October, when elections are held in the provincial schools, and, above all, December, when the new leadership of the Union of Schools must be elected. of Lawyers. Its current president is Metin Feyzioglu, linked to the opposition CHP party and once very critical of the government. In fact, he came to sound like a candidate for president and rival of Erdogan, but in recent years he has approached the positions of the Executive until he has earned the enmity of a good part of his profession.

At the last hour of the law’s processing, the Islamist deputies introduced an amendment that will allow the state’s lawyers – the only ones who do not have the obligation to be collegiate – participate in the elections to the directors of the schools. “No matter what they do and how they try to divide us, we are not going to choose Feyzioglu or any other lawyer close to the Government,” Aytaç says: “Because, for the first time in the history of Turkey, the bar associations across the country we agree on one thing, to reject this law ”.


More lights than ever against the shadow of Covid

Barcelona has already dressed for Christmas. From 6:00 p.m. this Thursday, the Christmas lights shine in its streets after a pole vaulter has pressed the button to start them in the framework of a show by the Sol Picó dance company in front of the Born market. This year, however, few have been able to enjoy the traditional ‘on-site’ ignition ‘show’ and more have seen it on television. The Covid forces to limit capacity and also conditions the Three Kings parades, New Year’s Eve parties and fairs. In return, more light than ever so that spirits do not falter and to help merchants make money in these times of crisis.

The City Council has invested 1,712,891 euros in Christmas lighting, 42% more than in 2019 (1,200,000), and that means that it has reached the municipal markets for the first time and that there are 16 more illuminated streets and squares -among them Calle Balmes and Plaza Catalunya-. Designs have also been renewed, the contracted power has increased from 828 kW in 2019 to 1,000 this year and the lights have reached more arteries in the city center, where in some points the Consistory finances them 100%. In the case of those paid by merchant associations with a municipal subsidy, this has gone from being 50% to 75%, with which the budget for aid has grown by 75%, to 950,000 euros.

In addition, for the first time these entities have not had to be in charge of contracting the design and installation of the lights and the City Council has done so, with the objective of unifying aesthetics and creating between this year and 2022 a model of Christmas lighting of its own from the Catalan capital, a ‘Barcelona Model’.

Passeig de Gràcia will turn on the lights tomorrow as a sign of protest

Despite these improvements in lighting, the merchants of Passeig de Gràcia have revealed themselves and have decided not to turn on the lighting until tomorrow Friday Christmas of this road, one of the most emblematic of the city. The main reason: that the City Council has not allowed them to install a free ice skating rink in the Salvador Espriu gardens.

“From our point of view, the administration has limited itself to denying us permission without foundation due to ideological prejudices and without taking into account the urgent need to reactivate commerce and restaurants “, has lamented in a statement the president of the Association Passeig de Gràcia (APG), Luis Sans.

He has also complained that the municipal perimeter confinement on weekends hinders the arrival of that “26% of clients that come from the Metropolitan Area and the rest of Catalonia”.

Further, has criticized that during the Christmas campaign works are done on important city roads, such as Diagonal or Aragó, which complicate mobility.

Without the crib of Sant Jaume

Lighting expands in the Catalan capital, but lThe other traditions of these festivals are restricted.

Because of the Covid pandemic, this year the usually controversial manger will be dispensed with from Plaça Sant Jaume to avoid crowds.

The Council will try to make up for this absence with a exhibition of the montages of the last decade.

Decentralized fireworks for New Year’s Eve

The great New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic show at the Montjuïc fountain, with a Maria Cristina avenue where not even a pin could fit, will become a Decentralized fireworks, designed for Barcelonans to celebrate the arrival of 2021 without leaving their homes.

Each of the 10 districts will have its own 12 ‘chimes’, which will consist of 12 pyrotechnic palm trees in each of these 10 points of the city.

Barcelona City Council announced the intention to offer then a bigger fireworks show that can also be seen from windows and balconies.

There will be no cavalcade

The Magi of the East will not make a parade this year in Barcelona, ​​although they will arrive as usual on January 5 by sea.

For its disembarkation, the city has prepared a large space of 10,000 square meters in the Forum Inspired by its magical world that families can visit by reservation between December 28 and January 5. There it will also be possible to deliver letters to the royal pages.

Their Majesties’ visit will be a show broadcast on television which will go into the Forum.

Half of the stalls at the Santa Llúcia fair

The Santa Llúcia fair, which will open this Friday and close on December 23, It will have 121 positions -half of that in previous editions-, and will be located in a single enclosed area in the central section of Avenida de la Catedral.

This will have only two entrances -on the Nova Square side and the Via Laietana side- and five Civic agents will control the perimeter to avoid crowds. The hours will be from 11 am to 8.30 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 9 pm on holidays and vigils.

For its part, fair of the Sagrada Familia, in the Eixample, it will be from November 28 to December 23, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., except for Saturdays and holidays, when it closes at 10 p.m.

The Christmas market will have around fifty stalls that will be distributed in groups and, in each of them, visitors will have to follow a one-way tour.

Meetings of a maximum of 10 people

No large family gatherings. The Government’s proposal marks for the moment that in Catalonia they can meet up to 10 people on Christmas dates and a night curfew from 10 pm, although the weekend will be specified. The Government of Pedro Sánchez, however, is betting for now on meetings of up to six people and delays the curfew until one in the morning on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

The Christmas bus survives

Despite the pandemic, the municipal special bus Barcelona Christmas Tour will run from this Friday, November 27 and until December 27, emblematic streets and buildings of the city with lights and Christmas decorations.

The double-decker vehicle will circulate from Thursday to Friday – except on Christmas Eve and Christmas – for areas such as Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona Cathedral, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, La Meridiana, Paral·lel and Via Laietana, among other places.

The tour will start at 6 pm at the stop of the tourist bus in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, ​​and during the journey passengers will be able to listen explanations about the Catalan Christmas traditions.

The City Council launched this initiative in 2019 and it reissues it after the “success” of the pilot test: more than 2,100 people took the Barcelona Christmas Tour -90%, local public-.

To prevent contagion of Covid-19, this year will be mandatory to wear a mask and hand cleaning with hydroalcoholic gel when entering and leaving the bus.


Barcelona does not find buyers for luxury apartments of more than 2 million

25/11/2020 13:56Updated: 11/25/2020 4:34 PM

The strict limitations on mobility caused by the coronavirus are beginning to have a direct impact on the luxury residential market in Barcelona. The real estate supply with prices above 2 million euros does not find a buyer among the national demand. This has been confirmed by the luxury real estate agency Barnes Barcelona that, since the pandemic broke out, ensures that the average sale price in this market segment has been between 500,000 euros and one million euros, with average prices of 6,000 euros per square meter. for homes in perfect condition.

“The coronavirus continues to change every day everything it touches. Although it is true that luxury is a sector less exposed to crises, the impact of the pandemic on mobility around the globe has produced notable changes in the evolution of the high-end residential real estate market in Barcelona, ​​as well as in the actors that comprise it “, explains Elizabeth Hernández, director of Barnes Barcelona.” At the moment, the real estate supply with prices above 2 million euros, which until the beginning of the crisis found potential buyers from abroad, does not find a buyer among the national demand, so its owners are forced to lower their prices or resign themselves to not selling. “

Flats over 2 M do not find a national buyer, so their owners either lower prices or resign themselves to not selling

A situation very similar to the one that is being experienced in Madrid with the practical disappearance of the rich Latin Americans from the market and with a national buyer who looks closely at any transaction that exceeds one million euros.

In this sense, Hernández emphasizes, “the city’s super-luxury is on stand-by, waiting for a vaccine against Covid 19 to return the market to normal. French, Italian, Russian, Belgian and British, the nationalities with the most presence in the foreign market from the Catalan capital, they continue analyzing your investment possibilities from a distance for when the borders open. The current stabilization of prices and the absence of international demand opens a 6-month window of opportunity for the closing of operations that favors both buyers and owners, “he says.

In his opinion, “the news about effective vaccines that could be marketed in early 2021 They have brought some optimism to the market, although there is still a long way to go until it returns to normality ”. The expert emphasizes that “Barcelona is, by far, the most desired Spanish capital for the purchase of main residences by foreigners who not only come to work, but are in love with the city and want to stay to live, so the absence of this profile of buyer or investor is being noticed in the number of transactions, but also allows national demand to access the market with more competitive prices ”.

What is the most sought after luxury home?

The local buyer’s interest in acquiring ‘premium’ homes in Barcelona is still very stable in the two main areas of this market, Eixample and the upper area, which concentrate two out of every three homes for sale of more than 500,000 euros. Eixample accounts for 34% of the city’s luxury offer, while Sarrià-Sant Gervasi and Pedralbes, the considered high area, another 32% of the total.

The average home in the high-end market is sought as a main residence, it has around 150 square meters, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and outdoor areas. Although refurbished or in good condition homes are preferred, the demand does not rule out acquiring properties to reform as long as there are notable reductions in the sale price.

Barnes Barcelona.
Barnes Barcelona.

Luxury market experts recognize that the coronavirus has generated a lot of uncertainty and fear, both in buyers and sellers, although he does not believe that prices have too much downward path. “There may be specific corrections in properties that were already priced above the real market price before the coronavirus, but I think that right now we are in a good time to buy, since in the medium term and especially when a vaccine is found, the real estate market will perk up again, “one of them recently explained.

In Madrid, for its part, according to Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index, the capital of Spain registered in the third quarter of the year a 3.5% decrease in prices compared to the previous year and 1.6% compared to the previous quarter. Regarding the evolution for the end of the year, the consultancy firm expects that the impact on ‘prime’ properties will continue to be softer than on average prices in Madrid.

“The forecast is that the Average value of free housing in the capital falls by around 6% in 2020 and it will recover 4% in 2021. In the case of ‘prime’ assets, an approximate decrease of 4% is estimated at the end of the year, with a subsequent growth of 3% in 2021 “, explains Carlos Zamora, partner and director of the Knight Frank’s residential area. “In the Madrid prime segment we are seeing a different scenario from the residential sector in general in Madrid, and also at the national level. Here the price adjustments will be predictably lower at the end of the year, since They are properties that maintain a high demand and that in many cases are considered by investors as a safe haven ”.

E. Sanz

The luxury residential has not been immune to the effects of the health and economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus and the first price falls are already registered

In the case of Madrid, the area that has seen a most significant decline of the average prices in these assets has been the Downtown district (-5%), where the square meter stands at about 7,300 euros. Salamanca, which has the highest average value in the capital for these homes (about 9,000 euros per square meter), has barely registered a decrease of 1%. For its part, in Chamartín, in the second quarter of the year there had been no decrease compared to a year earlier in the prices of these homes.

“This fact is motivated in part because, after the health crisis and the confinement, the housing demand needs have changed and the search for homes with large green areas, terraces and gardens has increased, and it is in this area where a large part of the available supply of single-family properties that meet new needs is concentrated, “concludes Zamora.


The manuals to kill the jihadist waiter of Barcelona

Had sworn fidelity to Daesh from his city, Barcelona, ​​and had been ordered to commit attacks. Mohamed Yassim Amrani, the waiter stopped by the civil Guard on May 8 in an apartment in Ciutat Vella and imprisoned since then, he had received via telegram two killer Daesh manuals, to which EL PERIÓDICO has had access.

The first, titled “War of Poisons. How to become a poisoner”, has 15 pages and is a tutorial to carry out attacks with all kinds of toxic products. From the front line Daesh terrorists encourage you: “Your hand kills. In the simplest way”. In the text they explain how to get cyanide in a store, they recommend you test your killing ability injecting it into a rabbit and they explain that he can, after putting on “cotton and gloves”, commit an attack. The manual that the Barcelona jihadist had proposes place that poison on a car door or inject it into the air conditioning duct.

The Daesh document outlines another variant of poison attacks in western cities. “You only have to go to the supermarket where they buy“He says. And he encourages him to look for a cart in which citizens bring their food to” sprinkle the poison on fruits or vegetables. Another option they suggest is to inject it directly on food.

I+D+I del terror

“Daesh terrorists generate their own texts and distribute them. They have, let’s say, their R + D + I department. poisons manual is quite novel“Explain sources of the anti-terrorist fight, accustomed to seeing jihadist tutorials in which the ‘lone wolves’ are indicated how to run over people, attack them with knives or start fires. “What is sought is to create awareness of chaos, generate panic, terror. Imagine the effect that an attack on food products in supermarkets could have in these stages of confinement, epidemic and fear, “the same sources add.

The Daesh poison manual that the Civil Guard requisitioned from Mohamed Yassim Amrani included other methods of attacking with poisons, whether poisonous plants or two very easily available pesticides in the market. In the latter case, the document explains how to grind these pesticides and then inject them into the air conditioning ducts of cars, offices or private homes. “In 50 percent (the victim) will die,” they write.

Avoid another Alcanar

The second manual kept by the jihadist is entitled “Beginners Course for Mujahideen Youth”. He also received it from Daesh leaders through Telegram. There are 26 pages in which it is explained in detail how to make different types of explosives at home, from a Molotov cocktail to magnesium bombs. Anti-terrorist sources explain to EL PERIÓDICO that this manual is very well structured. “We had seen others making homemade explosives, but this one incorporates many details and security measures so that what happened to the terrorists in Barcelona does not happen “, who died while manufacturing TATP in the village of Alcanar (Tarragona) in 2017.

The main problem with making explosives at home is safety. The manual recovered by the Civil Guard is a kind of guide with concrete explanations. “The Daesh organization is seeing what happens, that the explosive sometimes explodes in the hands of its followers, and wants to avoid accidents. With a manual like this, the Alcanar terrorist cell or any other they already need the presence of an explosives expert let him come to teach them “, add the sources consulted.

I saved another tutorial to make explosives with many safety indications so as not to make the mistakes of the Alcanar terrorists

Mohamed Yassin Amrani, a 35-year-old Moroccan citizen who is in prison for alleged crimes of self-indoctrination and terrorist glorification, arrived in Catalonia 13 years ago irregularly, but since 2018 he had everything in order. During his stay in Barcelona, ​​he went through very complicated stages, almost destitute, and came to sleep on the beach of Barceloneta.

Finally, he got a job as a waiter at a local on the boardwalk, but was fired in March, with the first wave of the coronavirus epidemic. In total and mandatory confinement, Amrani went out for walks in Barcelona, ​​during which was videotaped with Islamic proclamations. He was already being watched by the Civil Guard, who had been following in his footsteps for three years and detained him in the room he had rented from an old co-worker.

In the messages he received from Daesh leaders, they encouraged him to commit attacks of all kinds in the Catalan capital, among others, grab a drone, load it with explosives and blow it up at the Camp Nou during a Barcelona-Real Madrid match. Other possibilities were to attack the customers of a supermarket with a knife or a policeman.


A special bus in Barcelona will travel through the streets with Christmas lights from this Friday

The special bus’Barcelona Christmas Tour‘will tour from this Friday, November 27, streets and emblematic buildings of the city with lights and Christmas decorations, reports the City Council in a statement.

The double-decker bus will circulate four days a week through areas such as Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona Cathedral, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, La Meridiana, Parallel and Via Laietana, among other places.

The tour will start at 18.00 at the tourist bus stop in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, ​​and during the journey, passengers will be able to listen to explanations on Catalan Christmas traditions, in Spanish and Catalan.

City Hall launched this initiative in 2019 and it reissues it this year after the “success” of the pilot test: more than 2,100 people got on the Barcelona Christmas Tour -90%, local public-, mainly using advance ticket purchase and prior reservation.

As a novelty, and to prevent Covid-19 infections, this year all users must wear a mask and cleaning hands with hydroalcoholic gel will be mandatory when entering and leaving the bus.

El Barcelona Christmas Tour will circulate until December 27 from Thursday to Friday, except on Christmas Eve and Christmas.


the Urban Guard shoots an individual who was going to attack them with a knife

The Barcelona City Guard has shot this saturday shortly before 7:00 p.m. to an individual who allegedly tried to attack the agents with a knife on the Paseo de Sant Joan in the city.

It’s about a homeless man aged 43 and Hungarian nationality, who was seriously injured this afternoon in Barcelona when he received at least one of the two shots fired by an agent of the Urban Guard when repelling the attempted aggression of this person with a large knife.

The Deputy Mayor for Prevention and Safety of the Barcelona City Council, Albert Batlle, has reported tonight in a press conference that the event took place shortly before 7:00 p.m., at number 44 on Paseo de Sant Joan.

A patrol had traveled to that place, Batlle said, following a complaint from a neighbor that there was a person whoIt was causing a nuisance on the street.

When the agents came to the scene, the man, visibly “upset”, tried to attack the police with a large knife, so an agent has drawn his weapon and fired two shots. One of the bullets has hit the homeless man in the abdomen.

The man has been transferred in serious condition by members of the Medical Emergency System (EMS) to the Sant Pau hospital in Barcelona, ​​where, according to Batlle, He is stable waiting to be operated.

Batlle has indicated that this event is being investigated by the internal affairs of the Urban Guard and also the Mossos, who have displaced effective to the area of ​​the event.

The deputy mayor has asked to wait to know the result of this investigation before “daring” to assess the action of the local police and if he has acted rashly.

“It would be inconvenient” At this time, when the investigation is in the preliminary phase, Batlle pointed out.

The deputy mayor has expressed his willingness to offer “transparent” information about this event, of which he will give all the details to the opposition groups in the consistory and of which he has informed the mayor, Ada Colau.


An influencer suffers a beating in Barcelona for being trans: “I don’t want to die tomorrow”

This Friday, Eva Vildosola has suffered a beating for being transsexual in Barcelona.

The influencer wanted to narrate what happened through social networks, to claim that it does not happen again. “No more transphobia please I don’t want to die tomorrow“he requested.

“Today I left the house and as soon as I left, I hadn’t walked a block, they started yelling at me”Fucking travelo! Spawn!“And they grabbed me and gave me two punches in the face, kicks and other blows to the body,” he said.

The 19-year-old has confessed that she moved to Barcelona to enjoy herself, not to have to face these kinds of situations. “I’ve been living in Barcelona for two months, I came here looking for peace, to enjoy myself because I need it, not to be humiliated, attacked and make me feel like a monster“, Has expressed.

“And to those who have done this to me: I hope never be parents“, he concluded.

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The Mossos arrest the 65-year-old woman’s son-in-law murdered Barcelona

The Mossos d’Esquadra they arrested the alleged author of the murder of a 65-year-old woman whose body was found on Wednesday at seven in the afternoon by the Bombers de Barcelona. The suspect is the son-in-law of the victim, according to sources consulted by EL PERIÓDICO. It is a 43-year-old man of Romanian nationality.

The victim’s daughter, the partner of the now arrestedShe had called Emergències because her mother did not answer and she knew that she had to be inside the home. The officials got off the hook from the upper balcony, a sixth floor, and from there they entered the residence.

Upon entering, they located the body of the woman lying on the ground, face down. The firefighters confirmed that he had died and notified the Mossos. The corpse, which was picked up by the judicial procession at around ten o’clock at night, had stab wounds. The Catalan police investigators took charge of some investigations under summary secrecy.

The crime took place inside a flat that was owned by an old woman who died a few months ago. The 65-year-old woman who was found dead was the daughter of the former owner. Both the victim and her brother had been trying to sell this property for some time.

The door lock was not forced and the Mossos put the magnifying glass on the woman’s immediate surroundings. Yesterday, Thursday, 24 hours after the crime, investigators arrested the son-in-law as the alleged perpetrator of the death of his wife’s mother.


The Mossos investigate the death of a woman in a Barcelona apartment

The Mossos d’Esquadra investigate the circumstances of the violent death of a woman 65 years old in a flat in the district of Sant Martí de Barcelona. As reported this Thursday by the Catalan police, on the afternoon of this Wednesday they received a notice from the victim’s relatives, since they wanted to contact her but did not receive a response.

When the agents were able to access the apartment, they found the woman dead, lying on the ground and showing signs of crime.

The agents of the Criminal Investigation Division (DIC) of the Metropolitan Police Region of Barcelona have taken charge of the investigation to clarify the circumstances of the death of this woman, a Spanish national. The case is under the secrecy of the proceedings, according to the same sources.


Neighbors demand that Barcelona challenge the auction of the Front Marítim premises

The Associations of Neighbors and Neighbors of Barceloneta and Vila Olímpica, with the support of the Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Barcelona (Favb), They demand that the City Council challenge the auction of the Front Marítim premises that took place on October 19 and in which the Hotel Arts acquired 24 of the 26 available spaces.

In a manifesto read this Tuesday, neighbors have also asked that the municipal government “assert its right as the only real concessionaire in this concession to recover this heritage of the city “.

They have also claimed that the City Council “acquire real ownership of the premises pending resolution and that, to define their destiny, the neighborhood and social entities are an active and decisive part in the process “.

Concession to the City Council for the Olympic Games

The Ministry of Finance put these premises up for auction after the end of the 30-year concession granted in 1989 to the Barcelona City Council to promote the area on the occasion of the Olympic Games and which was extended for one year.

Neighbors criticize that the consistory has not exercised “its right to pre-emption and withdrawal” and lament “the loss of all this heritage permanently, which is part of our city and the Olympic legacy.”

They point out that this auction has left them without the ability to manage and maintain “a patrimony paid by the people of Barcelona, and which has now been privatized. “

They also regret that has opted for a nightlife model, “which creates many conflicts and problems” in the area, and that the neighborhood “has not had any dialogue, neither before the auction with the municipal government nor since May 2019 with the Government Delegation in Barcelona” , despite the different requests to be able to do so.

Ernest Maragall

The president of the ERC municipal group in the City Council, Ernest Maragall, said this Tuesday, after reading the manifesto of the neighborhood entities, that the Colau government “acts against Barcelona, against the general interest of the city. ”

If the City Council had appeared jointly, they could not have freely and clandestinely registered the heritage. And this is what happened. Here is the great betrayal of the city, both in legal and political terms, “he added.

Elsa Artadi

Elsa Artadi, president of the JxCat municipal group, recalled that the Colau government “promised that this auction would not take place. It was promised that, at the end of the concession, this space would be to give life and build facilities in the two neighborhoods, and also to change the model that had been generated as a result of the Olympic Games “.

“They promised it for a long time and, when the moment of truth has arrived and with the best possible political combination, with commons and socialists ruling the Barcelona City Council and the Government, in the end, it turned out that it was all a hoax“, has said.

Artadi added that “yes, in the end, the power that Colau and Collboni have is limited to sending letters to the Government, as if we were in the 19th century, or to make tweets, as if they were in the opposition, is that they have no impact on what happens in Madrid and the Government of Madrid does not care what happens in Barcelona. “

“Hotel Arts can’t do what it wants”

On October 20, a day after the auction, the Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Janet Sanz, warned the Hotel Arts property that “you cannot do what you want” and that should rule out raising “the privatization of not one meter more than what is now private” on the Maritime Front.

Sanz assured that the “City Council will exercise all the authority to guarantee the public uses of the coastline” and dismissed as “error” that the State has sold these pieces of the Front Marítim of its ownership, since, in his opinion, “it will bring more problems than advantages.”

Even so, it valued the preliminary agreement with the State by which the City Council wins 800,000 square meters of the area, incorporates the La Mar Bella sports center and ensures the expansion in the near future of the center of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).