Valencia (EFE) persons qualified as an act of “ideological hatred”.
As Natxo Calatayud, a member of the social center, explained to EFE, more than 200 people participated in the festive day, which included a “calçotada”, music and a musical bingo in the street, including many families with children. A duly authorized event.
Burns at least 12 people
Around 7:30 p.m. someone spilled a corrosive liquid from a building in front of the premises “that caused burns to the skin, hair and clothing” to at least 12 of the people who participated in the events, although no children were affected.
Calatayud explained that the Terra Social Center is a “local and bar that has been in Benimaclet for 22 years” and is “very involved with the neighborhood and associative movement.” He regularly organizes activities and “we don’t have any problem with the neighbours, who support us”.
An “ideological attack”
After suffering the attack, which the organization describes as “ideological”, they called 112 and a National Police patrol appeared at the scene. The injured went to receive assistance at medical centers and the corresponding complaint and police report were filed.
From the social club they have indicated that “all the acts that are carried out have a maximum time of finishing at 8:00 p.m.” and “we are very respectful and we have a very good relationship.”
However, this type of act, Calatayud pointed out, “occurs when we have a political act”, since on other occasions silicone has been found in the doors or windows have been broken, but this “aggression for ideological reasons” is the most serious suffered to date.
The Neighborhood Association condemns the facts
From the Benimaclet Neighborhood Association they have condemned the events and have assured that we are facing “a new act of hatred of different cultures and ideologies”.
The association’s spokesman, Paco Guardeño, explained to EFE that the act, which was authorized, “had the normal noise” of any other activity, which is why he also points out that it is an act of “ideological hatred.”
Guardeño has assured that Benimaclet is a neighborhood “in which we try to respect all cultures, ideologies and nationalities” and in that, “many groups work and we achieve it”.
From the association they have shown their solidarity towards the organizing entity of the act and with the people affected and have remarked that “hate will always count on our rejection”.
Ribó condemns this “hate attack”
The mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó, has expressed on social networks his “round condemnation” of this “hate attack” suffered yesterday in Benimaclet, and has assured that in Valencia “we do not tolerate any type of aggression, we are a diverse and plural city ”.
The Councilor for Digital Agenda and Electronic Administration and spokesman for Compromís València, Pere Fuset, has also shown his “solidarity” with the people attacked and has expressed the “firm demand for a thorough investigation against a clear hate crime that no one can pass for high”.