Six arrested for Madrid Metro sabotages “after 15-M tip-off”

Detainees allegedly connected to two coordinated stoppages protesting ticket price hikes

Police in Madrid on Friday arrested six people in connection with two coordinated stoppages of the Metro system in protest against the rise in ticket prices imposed by the regional government.

The first action occurred on April 25, when 13 trains on nine lines were halted at stations when protestors pulled the emergency lever. The second, on May 29, brought 10 trains on seven lines to a standstill.

The detainees, aged between 20 and 27, face potential jail terms of between six months and five years on public disorder charges. The government delegate in Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, said the tip-off to the suspects’ whereabouts came from the 15-M protest movement, which “does not agree with the methods” used by the groups behind the stoppages.

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