TWO foreigners have been brutally attacked in Ronda by a gang of drunken Spanish youths.
EXCLUSIVE BY PAUL WHITELOCK
In a case similar to the attack on dad Stephen Mallon, who was thrown to his death from a balcony in Competa last month, a 50-year-old German man and a Finn, 56, were bottled from behind and kicked to the ground.
The unprovoked attack happened as the two men entered the Bar El Paso in the San Francisco barrio to buy cigarettes in the early hours of Sunday June 14.
Amid chants of “Foreigners, go home! Leave our country! You are not welcome here!” they hit the two men with bottles and kicked them repeatedly as they lay on the floor.
Local police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made.
“Foreigners go home!”
The assault left the pair in need of emergency hospital treatment. Martin D, originally from Frankfurt but resident in the barrio for 15 years, had damaged teeth and cracked ribs. He almost lost an eye. Jokko R, from Finland, a frequent visitor to Ronda, had to have a large head wound stapled. He has recently lost his wife to cancer.
According to the owner of the bar, Paco Guerrero, who was not there at the time of the incident, the Spaniards were celebrating a stag night, but were very drunk and had behaved like “scum”. “They were not from round here, they come from another part of town,” he said.
His manager, Esteban Jimenez, said the out-of-towners were now banned from the bar for life.
According to the partner of Martin D, Carmen Romero, the perpetrators have been officially “denounced” to the National Police. This was confirmed by a spokesman at National Police HQ in Ronda.
Ms Romero told the Olive Press: “It was shocking! Although I wasn’t there, a lot of my friends have told me what happened. They only went into the bar to buy cigarettes from the machine. As they bent over to retrieve them they were hit from behind with bottles and then kicked repeatedly as they lay on the ground.” She was convinced there was an element of racism to the attack.
Eyewitnesses confirmed this, adding that they all knew Martin and were puzzled at this anti-foreigner sentiment, as he was a fluent Spanish speaker who had lived locally for years and was thoroughly integrated and well-liked.
There has been no coverage of this story in the local, national or international press. A local resident, Pablo Marin Carrasco, suggested that the story had been suppressed. “In the wake of Stephen Mallon’s death in Competa, it would have shown Ronda and Spain in a further poor light. The story was censored without doubt.”
The police investigation continues.