Former head of Spain’s centre-right People’s Party in Catalonia, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, was shot in the face in Madrid on Monday. The violent incident took place in the affluent Salamanca area of central Madrid, shocking the city and the entire nation. Vidal-Quadras was targeted by a gunman and an accomplice who arrived on a black Yamaha motorcycle.
Despite sustaining injuries, hospital authorities have announced that Vidal-Quadras’ life is not in immediate danger. However, the attack has raised concerns about the safety of individuals in public life. The assailants fled the scene, leaving behind a torched motorcycle believed to have been used in the attack.
So far, police have not made any arrests and the motive for the attack remains unclear. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and authorities are working diligently to identify and apprehend the perpetrators.
The 78-year-old Vidal-Quadras is not only a former party leader but also a founding member of Spain’s far-right Vox party. Additionally, he served as the European Parliament vice-president. His political colleagues, including PP leader Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Vox leader Santiago Abascal, expressed shock and called for a thorough investigation as well as swift arrests.
The attack also garnered international attention, with Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni condemning the act and wishing Vidal-Quadras a speedy recovery. Furthermore, Shahin Gobadi, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, emphasized Vidal-Quadras’ support for the Iranian opposition movement and his fight for human rights in Iran.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety and security for individuals in the public eye. The investigation is underway, and authorities are committed to uncovering the truth behind this violent act. As more details emerge, the public and political figures alike are hoping for justice to be served and for Vidal-Quadras’ recovery.
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