The 28 identified by the brutal attacks on October 9 in 2017 will sit on the bench in the coming weeks. The Provincial Court of Valencia will shortly set the date for the oral trial for the actions of far-right groups in the 2017 demonstration, which is expected this fall, four years after the attacks. The prosecution has already submitted its briefs and it only remains for a couple of defense lawyers to do the same.
Vicent, the young man attacked in Valencia: “There were no confrontations, it was the extreme hunting right”
The Comissió 9 d’Octubre, which integrates civic entities and political parties, acts as a private prosecutor in the process that accuses about thirty people of injuring protesters, journalists and members of the convening organizations. The Public Prosecutor’s Office also acts as an accusation through the Hate Crimes Delegate Prosecutor. In the indictment sent to the 15th Investigating Court of Valencia, the Commission requests penalties of between 3 and 7.5 years in prison, for an extensive battery of crimes: public disorder, crimes against fundamental rights and public freedoms, coercion, threats, mistreatment or minor offenses of injury, with the aggravating circumstances of abuse of superiority and recidivism.
The private prosecution considers it “essential” that, apart from the prison sentences and fines, a restraining order of 300 meters from the domicile of the member entities be established to guarantee the exercise of their fundamental rights.
The aggressions of the ultra groups destroyed the demonstration and are framed in a “political context determined” by the celebration of the referendum in Catalonia: “These events had extraordinarily tense the political situation in the whole of the State and such tension was used by those investigated” the judge recalled in his brief.
One of those attacked, Vicent D., who intervened to arrest a group that charged a young woman, described the episode as “a hunt for the extreme right.” The young woman suffered post-traumatic low back pain, bruises and anxiety and stated that she is still afraid to participate in demonstrations. Journalists of the newspaper Working day were rebuked and saw their work material destroyed, while a photojournalist from The country took several hits and was on the verge of losing his equipment to other ultras. These attacks were filmed by television crews and by the attendees’ mobile phones, which led the agents to view more than 1,200 hours of recording to identify the accused and establish the account of the facts.
The order of the investigating magistrate collects the criminal history of those investigated, among whom there are convicted of gender violence, drug trafficking and assaults, among other crimes, and even their tattoos with neo-Nazi symbols. The groups acted during the afternoon, in broad light, in front of the National Police officers who had to contain previous attempts to fight.