Councilor charged with inciting hatred, for wearing a clown nose

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Photo: Jordi Pesarrodona, wearing a clown nose (Credit: ACN)

By El Nacional Staff

The councilor from Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Jordi Pesarrodona, was charged this Thursday with incitement to hatred and also serious resistance. As reported by Regio7, the judge of the Court of Instruction Number 2 in Manresa, who has been investigating the October 1st referendum, in the Bages region, has called him to make opening statements before the judge, as a suspect under investigation on April 23rd. Pesarrodona, who was notified of this only this afternoon, asserted that despite the ruling he feels “strong, brave and convinced” that he did “nothing wrong”. The judge also called on all of the accused in the case put forward by the Civil Guard regarding the events of October 1st, at the Joncadella de Sant Joan school, among them the head of the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan Police) who faced off with the Civil Guard agents on the day.

The judge had already charged the Councillor with disobedience, and called him to make initial statements regarding this charge on February 7th. Pesarrodona took advantage of his right to remain silent. Then, as he later explained, the judge did not at the time, include the crimes of hatred and resistance outlined in the charge sheet put together against him by the Guardia Civil. The report accuses Pesarrodona of inciting “hostility” against the agents during the day of the 1-O referendum in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada. Later, the magistrate ended up including these charges separately, and this Monday the councilor was notified of these additional charges.

His summons will take place on April 23, five days after the San Juan Councilor will have appeared in court again, speaking out for a complaint he has presented, along with around fifty others who were injured, by aggressions by the Guardia Civil at the Joncadella school.


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