No race element in subway killing, Madrid authorities say
13 November 2007, MADRID - Authorities denied yesterday that the murder of a 16-year-old boy in a Madrid subway station on Sunday was race related, noting that both the victim and the assailant were Spanish.
13 November 2007
MADRID - Authorities denied yesterday that the murder of a 16-year-old boy in a Madrid subway station on Sunday was race related, noting that both the victim and the assailant were Spanish.
The incident, which was initially described as a race riot, occurred inside a train while it was stopped at Legazpi station ahead of a demonstration against immigration organized by the far-right National Democracy (DN) party.
The victim, identified by police as Carlos Javier P., was stabbed in the heart by a 24-year-old off-duty soldier, identified as Josué Estébanez de la Hija. The assailant, who is believed to be a neo-Nazi, also injured three other people, one of them seriously, after he launched a wild attack on the dead boy and his companions.
The victims were apparently planning to attend a counter protest in support of immigration, while Estébanez de la Hija was heading for the demonstration organized by DN.
Local government officials were swift to condemn the bout of ideologically motivated violence. "There can be no tolerance for these kinds of acts," Soledad Mestre, the central government delegate for the Madrid region, said. She announced that her office will not grant approval for any protests espousing extremist views.
[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL. 2007]
Subject: Spanish news