‘I’m glad I did it’, says youth who punched Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy

PP leader receives backing from PSOE general election rival Pedro Sanchez following assault

LAST UPDATED: 18 Dec, 2015 @ 11:51

THE 17-year-old who punched Mariano Rajoy in Pontevedra has boasted he is ‘very happy’ he did it.

RAJOY: PM bruised after punch
RAJOY: PM bruised after punch

The youth, identified only as Andres de V. F., has been taken by police for further questioning.

The PP leader refused to cancel an election rally later that evening in Coruna.

Rajoy said: “It has been a very full day, you will have had a bit of everything. I’m very well, thank you.”

Rajoy’s assailant, who has no criminal record, was initially linked to the Podemos-backed group Mareas.

This has been denied by the left-wing group, who claimed the only link was he was carrying their party’s general election pamphlets.

On his Twitter page, V.F identifies himself as ‘anti-fascist’.

According to police sources, V.F., said: “I’m very happy to have done it.”

Rajoy has received backing from PSOE rival Pedro Sanchez.

Sanchez said: “In the name of all Socialists and my own, I send my solidarity and condemn this assault.”

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