Older coronavirus patients were attacked by angry youths who threw stones at a fleet of ambulances that took them to a new home in Spain.
The Civil Guard convoy was ambushed when it arrived in the city of La Linea de la Concepcion near Gibraltar and took 28 patients to a new nursing home.
Angry residents blocked the convoy and stoned the vehicles before throwing Molotov cocktails at the police guarding the house.
The hostile reception was in sharp contrast to the cheers and applause the convoy had greeted when it evacuated the sick patients from the town of Alcala del Valle, following a virus outbreak in their previous care home.
A gang of people, many of whom wore masks and hoods, gathered in the city of La Linea de la Concepcion to face an ambulance convoy that brought older residents to their city
The Civil Guard convoy was ambushed when it arrived in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion, near Gibraltar, and took 28 patients to a new nursing home
Two men were arrested in La Linea de la Concepcion after parking a car across the street to prevent retirees from moving in, the Spanish government said.
About 50 young people then surrounded their new residence, which is called Tiempo Libre or free time.
Locals also seemed to be breaking the rules of coronavirus locking that prohibit people from leaving their homes unnecessarily.
Local reports said the men involved shared WhatsApp messages before the attacks threatening to set up barricades with burning tires.
A National Police spokesman said, “Several youth gathered at the entrance to the city and threw rocks at the ambulances and left a vehicle across the street to try and stop it from reaching its destination.
Officers arrested the two occupants of the vehicle, two men aged 32 and 35.
“Once the elderly were brought home, the police had to put a security lanyard around the house, as some fifty people outside threatened to cause problems.
Other demolitions took place later in the city.
Several agents identified two individuals when an object was thrown from the roof of a nearby building that exploded when it hit the ground, but the police missed.
“Thirty minutes later, the incident was repeated in the same place. The objects have been removed for analysis. ‘
La Linea mayor Juan Franco condemned the attacks and said of the culprits, “It’s a small group of unwanted people and idiots who don’t represent our city.”
A convoy of Guardia Civil ambulances and vehicles drives along a narrow street in the town of Alcala del Valle, where dozens of retirees were evacuated from a nursing home
The retirees had moved out of the nursing home in Alcala del Valle after at least 38 people tested positive for coronavirus and three died.
The regional government in Andalusia ordered them out of the Dolores Ibarruri nursing home, and the vigilante convoy took them out of town on Tuesday.
Neighbors tried to cheer up the spirits of the retirees as they left town, sending good wishes from their balconies as the convoy passed by.
An observer shouted, “Come on, you will be fine, they will take very good care of you, do not worry, you will come back soon!”
Although the retirees were applauded on their departure, some relatives say they were unaware of the transfer and fear that their relatives will not receive the correct medication.
“They have not allowed him to bring his clothes or personal belongings. We don’t know who will take care of them or if they know what medication our elderly are using, ”said the nephew of a 99-year-old evacuee. El Mundo.
“The relatives were not informed at any time, nor the provisional director of the residence, who had collected material and personnel in recent hours to ensure the operation of the center.”
Reports say that 38 of the 41 residents tested positive, along with 19 of the 33 workers in the home. Three people are said to have died.
Juan Franco, the mayor of the city, worked with four councilors in the nursing home after the illness of the staff.
Residents of the city applaud from their balconies in a token of support for the residents of the retirement home as they were taken to another city
A Spanish army officer waves at people in a nursing home and keeps his distance behind a window
Earlier this week, the Spanish Defense Minister revealed that some elderly residents had been found dead or abandoned in some nursing homes.
Spanish soldiers made the grim discoveries after they were called in to disinfect nursing homes.
Some older residents had apparently been found dead under the same roof as living relatives.
Spain now has the second deadliest outbreak in the world, after the death toll soared past China yesterday.
Spanish officials reported 655 new deaths in their latest update today, taking the total from 3,434 to 4,089.
The figure is now well above the 3,287 people who died in mainland China, where the outbreak began in late 2019.
Italy has the highest death toll in the world, at 7,503.
The total number of infections in Spain increased by 8,578, bringing the total to 47,610 to 56,188.