THE son of a Finnish tourist, beaten up in an apparent racist attack in Ronda, is demanding swift police action.
Mika Russ was horrified to learn that his father – a “peaceful and gentle” man – had been bottled from behind as he entered a bar with his 50-year-old German friend Martin Dehmer.
He explained how his father Jaakko Russ, 56, had been on holiday in the mountain town getting over the recent death of his wife from cancer.
He had entered the bar El Paso at around 4am on June 14 to buy cigarettes, when he and his friend were set upon.
As revealed in the Olive Press last issue, they required hospital treatment. Martin almost lost an eye and suffered broken teeth and cracked ribs, while Russ had to have a crack in his skull stapled.
The attackers shouted racist abuse during the assault.
Mika said: “I am furious at what has happened. My father has never even hurt a fly, and I can’t imagine a more peaceful, and liberal man.
“What I know about Martin is the same. He´s a good man too!”
Mika is disgusted at the inaction of the police and is now demanding a full and in-depth investigation into the attack.
“The attackers shouted racist abuse during the assault”.
“It is outrageous what has happened and I will never set foot in Ronda again, because you could possibly lose your life there and nothing happens to the perpetrators.”
The Olive Press has meanwhile tried to get more information on the attack from both the police and town hall.
According to a police spokesman “the investigation is continuing, but as yet no arrests have been made.”
The town hall has so far made no comment.
The Olive Press knows of a number of other violent attacks on foreigners in the town over the last two years.
On three occasions vicious attacks have been effectively brushed under the carpet.
On one occasion a Dutch bar owner was beaten up just yards from where the El Paso attack took place, while a British bar owner was glassed by a Spanish attacker in O’Flagherty’s Irish bar earlier this year.
In another more sinister incident, a British woman was deliberately run over by a Spaniard, during a fight in the centre of the town in 2007. While the Britons involved in the scurmish were swiftly and publicly fined, the Spaniards involved apparently escaped prosecution.
The Olive Press website had a deluge of comments after the last issue’s report.
Doug Wills praised the trio of Spaniards for agreeing to be named in the article.
Meanwhile Quiroz Alvarez de Munoz urged his fellow-countrymen to count their blessings that Spain has foreigners here who have invested in the country and influenced change.