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The Ertzaintza reinforces the security of the Lehendakari candidates

Jesus Carames

April 17, 2024 | 6:56 p.m.

PNV lehendakari candidate Imanol Pradales experienced an alarming pepper spray attack that left him temporarily blind. This event occurred just after a rally in Barakaldo and before an important electoral debate. The attack, carried out by an individual with a history of theft and injuries, was quickly controlled thanks to the prompt intervention of the Ertzaintza, which arrested the aggressor instantly.

Increased security measures

In response to this incident, the Ertzaintza has decided to evaluate and strengthen the security measures surrounding the candidates during the electoral campaign. This includes an increase in police presence at critical events and locations to prevent any further acts of violence that could disrupt the peace and security of the electoral process.

Pradales reaction and recovery

Pradales, affected by the attack, was treated at the Cruces hospital where he received treatment for internal burns on his eyelids caused by the spray. Despite the challenges, he showed remarkable resilience by participating in the debate that same night, although he admitted to being blind in his left eye for part of the event. His participation was a testament to his commitment to his campaign and to the electorate.

Legal implications for the aggressor

The aggressor has been provisionally released with the condition of monthly appearances in court, while he faces charges for crimes of injury and an electoral crime. The latter could result in a sentence of up to three years in prison, underscoring the seriousness with which attacks against politicians based on their electoral activities are taken.

This incident not only highlights the vulnerability of campaigning politicians, but also highlights the need for a careful balance between accessibility and security in politics. Likewise, it emphasizes the importance of a constructive and peaceful dialogue in the framework of the elections, crucial for democracy in Euskadi and beyond.

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