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Imanol Pradales attacked with pepper spray and hospitalized

Imanol Pradales

Jesus Carames

April 16, 2024 | 8:12 p.m.

The incident involving Imanol Pradales, PNV candidate for lehendakari, has generated concern in the Basque political sphere. Pradales was attacked with pepper spray by an individual while leaving a rally in Barakaldo, forcing him to receive urgent medical attention at the Cruces hospital. This act of violence occurred just before his participation in a television debate on ETB-2 with other candidates.

Andoni Ortuzar, president of the PNV EBB, expressed his concern during the rally, questioning the intentions behind the attack and rejecting any form of violence in politics. The rapid intervention of the Ertzaintza allowed the arrest of the aggressor, who now faces charges for his actions. This incident highlights the security challenges faced by politicians and the need to maintain a climate of respect and constructive dialogue in the electoral process.

UPDATE: Imanol Pradales is fine and undergoing tests at the Cruces Hospital. There is no confirmation of his presence in tonight's debate in ETB2.

Imanol Pradales (PNV) leaves the hospital after an emergency examination and will be able to participate in tonight's Basque electoral debate despite the attack suffered.

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