Catalan Police investigate assault on photojournalist Jordi Borràs

Catalan MonitorNews Roundup, Vilaweb

Photo: Jordi Borràs, after the incident (Credit: Vilaweb)

By Staff Writers, VilaWeb

From July 17th, 2018

The Spanish police have confirmed to VilaWeb that the aggressor of photojournalist Jordi Borràs is an agent dedicated to bureaucratic tasks. The Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan Police) had been working to identify the person who attacked the photojournalist yesterday outside of the Ateneu Barcelonès.

Because there are cross-claims, the Disciplinary Regime wants to clarify the facts. In addition to the claim put forward by Borràs, the police agent has also denounced Borràs because, according to his version of events, he identified him as a policeman and called him “fucking police” and said ‘Fuck Spain. They will then decide whether they will open a case to investigate this, and apply any sanctions.

Photo: The aggressor showing his warrant card (Credit: Vilaweb)

Borràs was attacked outside the Ateneu Barcelonés after the presentation ceremony of the National Call for the Republic. The aggressor threw himself on him, among shouts of “Long Live Spain” and “Long Live Franco”. At first nearby pedestrians restrained him, but he said he was a Spanish police officer and shoulwed his badge and warrant card. Once free he fled the scene of the events. Borràs has several bruises, contusions, and a broken nose.

Photo: the knife the attacker dropped at the scene (Credit: Vilaweb)

He dropped a knife (see photo) as he fled.  The Mossos began work yesterday to identify it and him, using the photographs and videos recorded outside the Ateneu.

The City Council of Barcelona will act as accuser in the proceedings regarding this alleged aggression against Jordi Borràs. This was confirmed in a statement by the lawyer and Barcelona Chief Counsel Jaume Asens in a set of tweets in which he condemned the attack on Borràs. “The aggression against Jordi Borràs is intolerable,” the lawyer said. Asens has asked the government of the state to order an internal investigation and to suspend the aggressor of his functions with immediate effect.

Other political figures have also spoken out against the aggression against Borràs, including the president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, the Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau and the secretary general of the PSC, Miquel Iceta.

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