Angry words and blood in the streets
22 November 2007, Madrid - A court in Zaragoza sentenced on Friday two men to four years and 10 months in prison for racially motivated attacks on two men - one from Ghana, the other from Portugal.
22 November 2007
Madrid - A court in Zaragoza sentenced on Friday two men to four years and 10 months in prison for racially motivated attacks on two men - one from Ghana, the other from Portugal.
The attacks took place on March 25, 2006 in downtown Zaragoza. The assailants, identified as Gari M. C., a 25-year-old from Barcelona and Miguel Ángel H. L., a 26-year-old from Sabadell, beat up the Ghanian national with a stick and broke his nose. Two hours later they attacked the Portuguese man, causing him eye injuries.
The court has determined that there is ample evidence that these were racist crimes. According to evidence put before the court, the attackers threatened and insulted their victims with racist abuse.
The two men also reportedly screamed at the police agents who arrested them: "You defend a damn black before a Spaniard!"
In Barcelona, meanwhile, a group of some 1,000 anti-fascist activists clashed with the police in a street riot on Saturday. The activists had gathered in Universitat Square to protest the death of Carlos Javier Palomino, a 16-year-old anti-fascist activist killed this month by right-wing extremists in Madrid. According to police sources, 10 policemen and several demonstrators were injured during the clashes and seven people were arrested.
In nearby Sabadell police arrested five other anti-fascist leftist radicals, members of the so-called Sharp (Skin Heads Against Racial Prejudice), for beating up two alleged neo-Nazis, one of whom ended up with a broken leg.
[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]
Subject: Spanish news