The former president of the Popular Party of Catalonia and founder of Vox, Alejo Vidal-Quadras (78 years old) was attacked this Thursday at noon when he was walking along Núñez de Balboa street, in the heart of Madrid.
According to the first police report, he was shot by a person wearing a helmet who was riding a motorcycle. The political leader has suffered a gunshot wound in the jaw area with an entry and exit hole, according to the medical report from the Gregorio Marañón Hospital, where he has been admitted.
He is stable and conscious and his life is not in danger, according to El Mundo. The aggressor has escaped and is being searched by the police through an extensive security operation in the area. The motorcycle has been found burned.
The attack occurred hours after the announcement of the political pact between the PSOE and Jutns and in the midst of a very tense political climate with several nights of mobilizations – some of them violent – in rejection of the amnesty.
At the press conference on this topic, the leader of Vox, Santiago Abascal, clarified that it is too early to make conjectures, but he has not ruled out an “ideological motivation” and has described the event as a “terrorist attack.”
From the ultra powerhouses, social media accounts that have agitated for violence against the PSOE headquarters, have begun to buy the attack with the crime of José Calvo Sotelo, the leading leader of the anti-republican right assassinated in July 1936, days before the Coup d’état against the Second Republic. For many historians, the crime triggered the Spanish Civil War.
“The PSOE already killed the leader of the opposition, José Calvo Sotelo, in ’36, it is not at all ruled out that it was them again,” is one of the messages that has circulated on social networks since the news of the attack on Vidal-Quadras. of the extreme right.
Before being attacked, the founder of Vox had tweeted against the PSOE and Junts pact. “The infamous pact between Sánchez and Puigdemont has already been agreed upon, which crushes the rule of law in Spain and ends the separation of powers. Our Nation will thus cease to be a liberal democracy and become a totalitarian tyranny. We Spaniards will not allow it.” .
The acting President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, wrote a tweet in solidarity with the victim: “I want to convey my solidarity and wishes for a speedy recovery to Alejo Vidal-Quadras. All my affection at this time goes to him and his family. We trust that the investigation can clarify the facts as soon as possible and arrest those responsible.”
Vidal-Quadras was appointed president of the PP of Barcelona and the PP of Catalonia in the 90s.
In 2014, already away from the PP, he was elected provisional president of Vox, a party of which he was co-founder, and was named head of the list in the European elections in May of the same year.
In 2015, he resigned from his re-election as president of Vox and announced his resignation from the new political formation after finding various disagreements with the rest of the founding members, including Santiago Abascal.
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