The announcement came just hours after a vote in the townhall in which his administration decided to continue with the works. All 3 opposition parties were united against the works, but failed to stop the motion passing.
The Mayor had previously announced that he would stop the works for 20 days, but this lead to even greater protests, and started on Thursday nights riots in Madrid, Alicante, Zaragoza, Barcelona and Valencia in support of #Gamonal. In all, TVE reports some 30 Spanish cities saw unrest last night.
It seems that the construction company also withdrew from the contract, saying it was impossible to continue. This, together with pressure from Madrid, seems to finally have forced the Mayors hand.
The Mayor added he had no intention of resigning.
A peaceful protest by hundreds of protesters was organised for today midday to demand the release of the protesters who had been arrested over the course of the week. Local residents also want the 8 million earmarked for the works to be spent improving the overall area, rather than just one street.