Protests in the plaza
in front of the town hall in Fuengirola are becoming a regular thing these days, but Wednesday's event is probably the most tragic of them all.
On Saturday, four youths were arrested, after they robbed a Chinese bazaar in Fuengirola, beating the owner and seriously injuring him. As his injuries were so severe, the owner was airlifted to a hospital in Málaga, and he regrettably passed away on Sunday.
According to judicial sources, all four youths were charged with crimes of robbery and reckless homicide. However, two of the young people were yesterday released from the judicial headquarters in Fuengirola, a third has been remanded on bail and only the fourth has been jailed pending sentencing.
The background of the crime is included below.
The Asociación de Comercio Chino Andaluza
(Chinese Commercial Association of Andalucia) organized today's protest in Fuengirola, demanding an end to organized crime against Chinese businesses and saying that there should be more security for business owners.
Carrying banners reading, "Ensure safety. Put an end to organized crime against Chinese businesses" and "Police: attention — criminals should be punished," they blew whistles and made speeches in front of the town hall.
Meanwhile the wife of the dead merchant was comforted in the plaza:
On Saturday July 7
, the 4 youths (3 male and 1 female) were in a vehicle in the Camino de Coín in Fuengirola. They decided to stop near a Chinese bazaar to buy a bottle of beer.
to witnesses, they then stole a bottle of rum and ran to their car.
The owner of the establishment, a Chinese man aged 43, chased them and caught one of the rear doors of the vehicle in which they sought to escape.
One of the youths then hit the Chinese man with the bottle, severely injuring him and drove off, dragging the man for about 50 meters until they opened the door and released the man.
The owner was airlifted to a hospital in Málaga where he regrettably passed away from his injuries on Sunday.
Fuengirola Local Police apparently could not locate the vehicle the robbers used to escape from the scene, but did manage to arrest the youths.
A witness to the event told Diario Sur that she saw two young people run out of the shop, with the owner giving chase.
"The shop owner put his hand in the window and they closed the door."
"They caught him by the fingers and dragged him by his fingers."
"I haven't been able to sleep for two days because of what I saw. You don't even do that to a dog," she added.
The writer tried to ascertain the name of the deceased man, but despite visiting the Local Police, who pointed her to the Press Office at the Town Hall, who pointed her to the National Police, it seems that the family wish to keep the name anonymous. The police are complying out of respect for the family.
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