The Justice shelve. Neither hate crimes, nor prevarication, nor omission to prosecute crimes, nor injuries, nor damages, nor crime in an electoral act. The Investigating Court number 8 of Madrid has archived the investigation into the incidents that occurred during a Vox rally held on April 7, 2021 in the Vallecas neighborhood of Madrid, at the start of the regional election campaign that will take place. celebrated in May.
That day Vox presented its candidacy for the elections, with Rocío Monasterio as number one and candidate for the Presidency of the region. The party had chosen the Plaza Roja de Vallecas as the stage, a place considered a symbol of the Madrid left, and had announced the presence of its senior staff, with Santiago Abascal at the helm.
The announcement of the rally had generated some agitation among the extreme left movements, called anti-fascists, who had encouraged going to protest in the same square and at the same time to boycott the Vox act. “They tried to create an atmosphere of violence in an electoral act,” Vox pointed out in the complaint prepared by Marta Castro, responsible for the legal area of the formation. And indeed, the violence came: throwing stones, bricks, clashes, police charges and thirty wounded.
Vox denounced the events and directed its actions both against all those who could be the aggressors and against those who previously understood that they had been “warming up” the environment. In addition, they also denounced police negligence when deploying the device. Those attending the rally were almost neck and neck with the radicals.
Thus, the party denounced the Government delegate in Madrid, Mercedes González, and one of the UIP commanders in charge of security “for the crimes of prevarication and omission of the duty to prosecute crimes.” It also promoted legal initiatives “against all those people who could be identified by the videos that are responsible for the injuries and damages.”
Vox also denounced the Bukaneros de Vallecas association, “as responsible for an illegal meeting and a hate crime”; to the former leader of Podemos Juan Carlos Monedero, “for hate crimes” considering that he participated in the networks in the campaign against Vox, and later expanded the lawsuit against Pablo Iglesias.
Now, the judge, in accordance with the Prosecutor’s Office, has decided to file the case. The instructor had initially agreed to call the Government delegate, the police command, the representatives of Bukaneros and Monedero to testify. However, these citations were appealed by the prosecutor, considering that the complaints and the reported facts were not connected and that he did not see hate crimes in any of his aspects.
The court admitted this appeal and annulled the citations. On the 11th, it issued an order in which it finally inadmissible “the complaint filed by the Vox political party” and agreed “the provisional dismissal and the filing of these proceedings, without prejudice to the civil actions that, where appropriate, may correspond to the injured by the injuries and damages occurred in the electoral act.
The instructor understands that, with regard to the Government delegate and the police command, “it cannot be appreciated that there has been any indication of a crime in their conduct.” “Regarding the hate crimes attributable to the person in charge of the Bukaneros account and Juan Carlos Monedero, it is also not appreciated that there is criminal conduct. The tweets do not publicly incite hatred or hostility, or discrimination or violence, nor consequently against any group (…) not being able to constitute a political party as a target group deserving of protection when it is in a public debate, in the context of an election.
The court adds that, “regarding the injuries and damages that occurred during the electoral act, of which this court finally had to hear based on a matter of jurisdiction, it has not been proven who was responsible for the themselves”.
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