The detainees are sympathetic to the two clubs, and most of them are young men and men.
The PSP, who was heard by the RTP, said that “the detainees will be present tomorrow at the criminal investigation judge”. They will spend the night driving the PSP in Lisbon.
The searches took place in the Greater Lisbon area, and in the municipalities of Setubal, Sesimbra, Seixal and Almada – and were prompted by several violent incidents in Lisbon and other areas of the metropolitan area.
Operation Police targets ‘accidental’ movement in Portugal, as this movement is associated with the sporting phenomenon. The searches included supporters of Benfica and Sporting.
Dozens of activists linked to the criminal investigation participated in this operation. Supported by Component Police Professional and other PSP equivalencies for the public system. And in the field of competence of the National Republican Guard, the operation is also being carried out with the support of this security force.
In the investigation leading up to this action, cases of aggression between groups of supporters and against the police, crimes of theft, specific damages and participation in quarrels are investigated.
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