Salt is a small town very near to Gerona (Catalonia). The percentage of immigrants has grown from a 6 percent to 49 percent in the past ten years. As a consequence of the recent economical crisis both unemployment and crime have risen in the town. Last week, a group of residents protested at the City Hall about the crime and the lack of police presence in the city. The residents accuse the immigrant population of being responsible for the current situation. Many incidents and confrontations have taken place and serve to demonstrate the tension that exists between the two groups. The local Muslim associations have called for calm and an end to the racist protests. In a meeting held last Saturday between local immigrant associations, many young people made clear their unwillingness to be represented by religious organisations. The process continues.

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