Alejo Vidal-Quadras, founder of the Spanish political party Vox and former president of the European Parliament, was shot in the face in central Madrid. Police suspect a pair of masked assailants on a Yamaha motorcycle to have shot a former member of the People’s Party (PP) and the founder of Spain’s third largest political party. Vidal-Quadras was going to protest the Pedro Sanchez government’s decision to grant amnesty to separatists from 2017. There is currently a lot of unrest in Spain due to separatism, according to CNN.
Alejo Vidal-Quadras was taken to the Gregorio Marañón Hospital in Madrid, conscious. According to emergency services, he suffered a jaw injury and is in critical condition. The case is being investigated by Spanish police and authorities who consider two people on a black Yamaha motorcycle as suspects.
The former representative of the right-wing People’s Party previously served as head of the party’s regional organization in Catalonia. According to the police, the attacker shot on the street from a motorcycle. The injured man was taken to hospital in a serious but conscious condition. The police are investigating the motive of the attack.
Spain is on the edge of power, plagued by waves of unrest stemming from Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s 2017 amnesty for separatists.