Political storm after nationalist mob attack
11 October 2006, MADRID — A political row blew up after it emerged a socialist party official was involved in violent mobbing of two opposition politicians.
11 October 2006
MADRID — A political row blew up after it emerged a socialist party official was involved in violent mobbing of two opposition politicians.
Jordi Lopez Forn, the secretary of the Young Catalan Socialists, was expelled by the party on Wednesday for taking part in a physical attack on two leading politicians from the conservative opposition Popular Party (PP).
Angel Acebes and Josep Pique had to have police protection as they arrived for a meeting in Martorell, a small city near Barcelona on Tuesday night.
A mob of 40 Catalan nationalists yelled insults, threw plastic bottles full of water and at one point were seen to trade blows with security guards.
It is the latest in a series of similar scenes in which Catalan nationalist groups have sought to jeer at PP politicians who visit the province.
Protesters claimed they were demonstrating at the "attitude of the PP towards Catalonia".
But the socialist party, after dismissing Lopez Forn, said in a statement it did not "welcome anyone who does not respect democratic liberties".
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news