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They were part of a “violent gang” calling themselves ‘Hermanos Koala’ and some of them have a history of participating in other fights in Vizcaya

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Vice President and Security Adviser Josu Erkoreka has confirmed that the eight detainees already for his alleged participation in a aggression a 23-year-old young man form a “violent gang“who acted in Biscay and it was called ‘Koala brothers‘. Three of the detainees are of legal age and another 5 are minors and some of them have a history of having participated in similar acts. The eight arrested are in police stations and the Ertzaintza operation is still open, so new arrests are not ruled out in the next few hours.

Erkoreka has made the first public statements on the development of the police operation after the meeting he has held with the mayor of Vitoria Gorka Urtaran in which he has analyzed the increase in control of the anti-Covid restrictions in the first days of August, dates on which that celebrated the festivities of the city.

The Ertzaintza investigates the participation of the band of the ‘Koala brothers‘ in others fights in Vizcaya. All the detainees reside in different municipalities of Vizcaya and some of them had been protected by the minors’ services of the Provincial Council.

The police investigation progressed from the voluntary appearance of one of the minors before the Basque Police. The young man came accompanied by an old legal guardian and after his confession his arrest was reported, as with the rest of the minors, to the Bizkaia Prosecutor’s Office.

The 23-year-old was beaten after being surrounded by a group of a dozen boys and girls and one of them manifested “mtalo, mtalo”, according to the recording of the events made by one of the participants and later uploaded to social networks. The beating caused serious injuries to a young neighbor of Lemona who was taken minutes later to the hospital in Cruces.

The Ertzaintza began its investigations on Monday and during the afternoon of Tuesday the first four arrests were made. Earlier this Thursday he reported the arrest of the fifth alleged implicated and an hour later, two new arrests without specifying the age or affiliation of the detainees. The young man attacked at dawn last Sunday in Amorebieta (Bizkaia) remains admitted to the Cruces Hospital in serious condition, as reported by the Basque Department of Security. In collaboration with the Amorebieta local police, the Ertzaintza works to identify and locate the rest of the perpetrators of the beating.

The young man was knocked unconscious after receiving the beating, what was recorded in a video and spread on social networks. It happened around three in the morning on Sunday in the Jauregiberrian area of Amorebieta.

The wounded man lost consciousness due to the multiple blows he received to the head and was evacuated by ambulance to Cruces Hospital.

Several hundred residents of Amorebieta They gathered on Tuesday night to protest this aggression, summoned by the associations of hoteliers in this Biscayan town.

Urkullu: Aggression “exceeds any tolerable limit”

The Lehendakari, Iigo Urkullu, has warned that the aggression suffered by a young man in Amorebieta (Bizkaia) “exceeds any tolerable limit” and has called for “the maximum social commitment” to eradicate this type of “unacceptable” behavior. The Lehendakari has made these statements after participating in the act of constitution of the Basque Center for Artificial Intelligence in the Lava Technology Park.

“We need the maximum social commitment to eradicate events like this, which embarrass us as a society. I express my solidarity with the family and friends,” Urkullu claimed, making it clear that the Ertzaintza works to arrest those responsible for these events as soon as possible.


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