Police unions denounce “threats” from Vox deputy Javier Ortega Smith.
Vox deputy Javier Ortega Smith used two National Police agents this Thursday for what this Friday became a propaganda video. A party cameraman recorded the politician addressing them, warning them that he would be vigilant so that no member of the security forces exceeded the protesters, in a nod to all those people who demonstrate night after night in the street environment. Ferraz, where the national headquarters of the PSOE is located, featuring violent images and carrying pre-constitutional symbols. Among them, members of Vox and at the head, its leader, Santiago Abascal. Ortega Smith guarantees that he also ensures that none of the participants in these concentrations exceed themselves.
The Federal Police Union (UFP) has issued a statement in which it asks that they be allowed to do their work without interference, denouncing “threats”, as well as that Ortega Smith “abused his status” as a deputy. This is the full text:
“In the afternoon-night of yesterday, the deputy for Vox Javier Ortega Smith addressed the colleagues of the Police Intervention Units and, in a threatening tone and abusing his status as deputy, tried to direct and coerce police actions to accommodate them to your interests. Given these events, which we consider extremely serious, we want to state:
1.- Neither Mr. Ortega nor any deputy has the authority to threaten, coerce or attempt to direct any Police work.
2.- We would have liked to see Mr. Ortega appear with his deputy credentials in Plaza Urquinaona (Barcelona) or at the “surround Congress” demonstrations to harangue us in the same way he did yesterday, but in those cases, Like now, the Police care very little and only tries to obtain political benefit at our expense.
3.- We must remind Mr. Ortega that these police officers are the same ones who defended their boss, Mr. Abascal, when he was stoned at a rally in Vallecas, but then we were the good guys.
4.- Instrumentalizing the work of the Police according to who is behind the banners is a serious mistake that, without a doubt, will entail a political cost for Vox, as it is also having for the Government.
5.- Nobody has to come and tell us how we have to do our work, least of all the UIPs, which constitute a world reference in matters of public order and to which we want to show all our support and affection. Neither before were we the ‘piolins’ of Jorge Fernández Díaz, nor now are we the henchmen of Fernando Grande-Marlaska.”
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Santiago Abascal, at the rally before Ferraz last Wednesday, while the investiture was being held in Congress. (EFE/Borja Sanchez-Trillo)
This Thursday was the thirteenth night that protesters gathered around Ferraz in protest of the agreement signed by the PSOE with Junts per Catalunya for the amnesty of those prosecuted for the illegal referendum of October 2017 in Catalonia. The balance was 14 people detained and nine, including a police officer, injured and in need of attention from the health services. According to the Government Delegation, this time 20,000 people gathered. As on previous occasions, once a good part went home (Ortega Smith, among them), the most radical remained, who began to take center stage and throw flares, bottles and other objects at the security forces.
It was from 9:30 p.m. when, in a climate of great tension, the remaining congregants began to throw objects at the agents, to try to tear down the fences that protected the PSOE headquarters and to shout “you will defend this fence.” , in a racist message criticizing the supposed passivity at the borders of Ceuta and Melilla. After 10:45 p.m., the agents charged and threw rubber balls to disperse the protesters, who responded with new throwing of objects. The attacks took place shortly after in the surrounding streets of Marqués de Urquijo and Juan Álvarez de Mendizábal, where some radicals made barricades with garbage containers. They also occurred on Princesa and Alberto Aguilera streets, further away from Ferraz.