TENSIONS between Palma's Latino gangs were rising last night after the National Police arrested eight suspected members of the Bling Bling gang thought to be responsible for the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Eusebio Ebulabate in Palma on Sunday night.
The arrests were carried out yesterday morning, just hours before the national Police mounted a special weekend operation to monitor gang movements and to prevent reprisals for the death of the teenage West African immigrant.
Some of the eight Dominicans arrested are believed to be teenagers and minors and the national Police want to establish if any of them were involved in Sunday night's fight near the Rivoli Cinema in the centre of the city which left Ebulabate dead.
Those old enough were expected to have appeared before a judge last night.
The National Police are prepared for clashes this weekend and extra units are going to be on patrol in plazas Teniente Coronel Franco, Santa Pagesa and Alexander Flemming while extra police are being deployed to the streets where the victims family lives and to where the area round the home of his two teenager attackers.
Yesterday, Eusebio Ebulabate called for calm.
He admitted that he and his family are deeply concerned about the escalating tension between the gangs and the hostile environment around their home. I don't want any blood to be spilt in the name of my son. That won't help anyone, neither my family nor anybody else, he said.
The father, who works at Palma airport, denied that his family had received any direct threats but he admitted that he hears things. I've seen the graffiti, I know what's going on and I'm deeply concerned. I don't want any more fights, we're peaceful people, he pleaded.