The leader of Unidas Podemos and former Spanish deputy prime minister, Pablo Iglesias, has left a regional electoral debate in Madrid after the candidate of the far-right party Vox questioned the death threat that he and his family had received along with four rifles assault bullets.
Iglesias revealed Thursday that he had been sent the bullets and a threat., which said: “You have let our parents and grandparents die. Your wife, your parents and you are sentenced to capital punishment. You’re running out of time. “
Similar threats were sent to Fernando Grande-Marlaska, who serves as interior minister in the Socialist-led coalition government in Spain, and to María Gámez, head of the Civil Guard police.
Iglesias appeared in a radio debate on Cadena Ser the Friday before the regional elections in Madrid next month when the Vox candidate, Rocío Monasterio, accused him of hypocrisy for refusing to condemn the attacks that members of his party had suffered in the electoral campaign.
He said that Vox condemned all violence, but “the Spanish simply do not believe anything that this government says.” He had also tried to question Iglesias in an interview early Friday, when he said: “I don’t believe much in what Pablo Iglesias says.”
Iglesias, who left the central government to fight in the Madrid elections, had asked Monasterio to retract his comments when the debate began. When she refused, she said the debate ran the risk of “whitewashing the far right” and normalizing her arguments, and she dropped the study.
The candidate of the Socialist Party, Ángel Gabilondo, and Mónica García, who is running for the left-wing More Madrid party, withdrew from the debate in solidarity with Iglesias.
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez condemned the death threats and described Iglesias, Grande-Marlaska and Gámez as compromised public servants. “Before any disagreement, words” he said. “In the face of threats and violence, justice and democracy.”
The elections, to be held on May 4, have served to aggravate the already bitter political tensions in Spain. The current president of the region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the conservative Popular Party, is expected to retain power, but Vox has tried to win over right-wing voters with another aggressive and provocative campaign.
Riot police had to separate protesters and Vox supporters earlier this month after the party organized a demonstration in Madrid’s traditional left-wing working-class neighborhood of Vallecas.
Prosecutors also opened an investigation Tuesday into determine if a Vox campaign poster was a hate crime. The poster contrasted an image of an older white woman with that of a dark-skinned, masked, hooded man.
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It is not the first time that Vox has sought to demonize foreigners. In the run-up to the November 2019 general elections, its leader, Santiago Abascal, falsely suggested that 70% of collective rapes in Spain were committed by foreigners.
Monastery had claimed earlier in the day that unaccompanied foreign minors made the streets unsafe and raised “a serious problem in our neighborhoods.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism