The Mossos d’Esquadra investigate seven complaints of injection punctures in nightlife spaces in Catalonia, said the spokeswoman of the police force, Montserrat Escudé. This is a new possible form of chemical submission that was first detected in leisure areas in France. It consists of injecting the victim with a syringe. The vast majority of complaints are located in Lloret de Mar.
In an interview in Catalunya Ràdio this Tuesday collected by Europa Press, Escudé said that the Catalan police cannot confirm what type of substance was inoculated to the victims and has stressed that there has been no sexual abuse or assault after the incident.
It had urged victims to go immediately to the hospital, regardless of whether they wished to report it, so as to be able to detect signs of the crime which subsequently disappeared or were more difficult to perceive. That is, to be able to detect the substance. “In these cases it is key,” says the spokeswoman of the police force.
In addition, she says that the Catalan police is in contact with the French and English to share information about the punctures and has assured that the Mossos have bet on addressing sexual violence “in a much more rigorous, technical and surgical way” to the impact they have on the victims.
Montserrat Escudé has denied that there is a security crisis in Barcelona and expects crime rates to increase this summer to reach the prepandemia levels of 2019, which are “slightly” lower today.
Compared to the first six months of 2019, this first semester has reduced by 12.12% on crimes, 6.7% violent robberies and 6.52% violent robberies in the public road.
She stressed that the police plan to combat the multiincidence has “positive results, many arrests have been made”. She also sees fit the creation of a plan to combat the theft of luxury watches because they have a high impact on the perception of insecurity of the citizenry.