Can Vies is a building located in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona. Can Vies was built in 1879. It has been squatted ever since 1997 when a group of youths occupied it and began using it as their social and cultural center. The building is under the ownership of Barcelona's public transport operator Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona. In late May 2014 riots had broken out in an attempt to stop the eviction of squatters.
In May 2014 negotiations had taken place between the owners of the building and the city representatives. After the negotiations failed, the building was evicted on May 26 and the demolition works were initiated. As a result, Barcelona experienced riots and protests during the following nights. The protests also spread to the cities of Valencia and Mallorca The government sent an additional 200 police officers to Barcelona to help in dealing with the protests.
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