Two policemen were shot and wounded in a new outbreak of violence in the Canary Islands on Wednesday (14 December).
Two policemen were shot and wounded in a new outbreak of violence in the Canary Islands on Wednesday (14 December). They are hit by shotgun pellets fired from a passing car, but were not seriously wounded.
SYNOPSIS: The shooting took place in the island port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
It was an apparent reprisal for the death of the a student who was killed when para-military civil guards opened fire to disperse demonstrators at la Laguna University near Santa Cruz two days previously.
Riot police patrolled Santa Cruz and the university as demonstrators took to the streets to protest against the death of 22-year-old student, Javier Fernandez Ouesada.
Another student was seriously injured in the clashes. Police said the civil guards opened fire when they were surrounded by stone-throwing demonstrators.
The violence erupted as the civil guards arrived to quell disorders at la Laguna, where the students were meeting to support a general strike which had been called throughout Tenerife. Police arrested 23 people who tried to force firms and shops to close their doors.
The strike was called by the leftist Canary Workers Confederation Labour Union to protest against rising unemployment and a serious economic slump.
Local observers said the student's death was certain to increase pro-autonomy feeling in the Canary archipelago, where a separatist movement has exploded a series of bombs recently to back its demands. In Madrid, two of the Spanish capital's three universities closed for a day to mourn the killing.