Spanish minister receives knife in post, suspect identified – Police
Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday she received a knife covered in red spots in the post, and police said they had identified a suspect.
El Pais newspaper, La Sexta television and other media reported that the prime suspect was a man with mental health issues and that police did not link the incident to a recent round of death threats against him. ‘other public figures.
Reuters could not independently confirm this information.
Politicians from all walks of life first sounded the alarm when Maroto said she had received the package. The knife arrived on Friday with a return address on the package, she said.
National police said they identified a person suspected of sending the knife and the investigation was ongoing.
Investigators did not believe the suspect had anything to do with death threats sent last week to Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Pablo Iglesias of Unidas Podemos and Maria Gamez, who heads the Guardia Civil police, La Sexta and other media said. Read more
Without suggesting who might be behind those previous letters, Marlaska blamed a culture of political polarization on Monday for allowing hate speech to flourish.
He linked the threats to the recent vandalism of a feminist mural in Madrid and the degradation of a statue of former socialist prime minister Francisco Largo-Caballero.
“All this generates the conviction that it is acceptable to discriminate … against certain groups,” he told La Sexta television.
Tension between right and left has intensified in recent weeks ahead of a regional election in Madrid, where outgoing conservative Isabel Diaz Ayuso is running under the slogan “Communism or freedom”.
Iglesias, who defends her for far-left Unidas Podemos, left a debate on Friday after Rocio Monasterio, her opponent from far-right Vox party, questioned whether last week’s threats were real.
At the national level, the Spanish government is led by the Socialist Party (PSOE), with Unidas Podemos as the junior coalition partner.
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