23 Jul, 2016 @ 09:05
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Group of tourists ‘battered’ by police in Marbella as they give friend first aid

Puerto Banus e
Puerto Banus
Bruises on Mattias' leg
Bruises on Mattias’ leg

A GROUP of 20 holidaymakers claim they were attacked by Marbella police while they were trying to give first aid to a friend who had collapsed in the street.

The group of Norwegian youngsters claim they were ‘repeatedly hit’ with batons after their pal collapsed from excessive drinking in the Sky Bar, in Puerto Banus.

Three of the group told the Olive Press they had been ‘violently’ pulled off their friend Hermann, while they tried to resuscitate him as they waited for an ambulance.

“The police were extremely excessive,” said soldier Mattias Martini, 23.

“Myself and another friend who is an ambulance driver were trying to administer first aid but the police just wanted to move us down the street.”

He added: “They were hitting us as we were performing first aid on Hermann, at one point they dragged us both away and left Hermann on his own lying on his back after vomitting.

“It was very very dangerous.

“It was only when I showed my military ID that I was allowed back to Hermann.”

In total, 11 members of the group, aged between 18 and 25, were hit and left with bruises.

One of their fathers, Stiam Knudsen, was even whacked when he arrived on the scene, despite being sober.

In the end it took over 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, at which point Hermann was taken to the Costa del Sol Hospital.

During the short drive to the hospital his pulse momentarily stopped and the ambulance was forced to pull over for 10 minutes while paramedics performed life-saving CPR.

Rob Horgan

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  1. Stefanjo,
    You do have a lot of time on your hands it would seem, and you do over post and you are quite arrogant, how about not posting until say for the rest of the year.

  2. Jane G, shall try again. Regardless and “whoever” OP allows a comeback to this forum it is not solely a forum for you, stefanjo and others that consistently post comments which in most cases are detrimental to Spain.
    OP is supposedly a democratic news outlet and comments are as legitimate and significant as all others especially of those names mentioned. I’m sorry if certain comments don’t coincide with your thoughts but that is the point of a comments section that is allowed by OP. For a start you don’t even live here and are not a tax paying resident that pays tax both in the UK and Spain and those that do are entitled, even more so, to have a say in the comments section of the OP.
    BTW, you will still be able to have your flying visits to Spain even after the Brexit had been fulfilled. I’m also pleased to see stefanjo has become quite mute on the subject of Brexit except for a snide remark on the loss of pensions. Thank God. Hope OP allows this to be printed.

    • Apart from the fact that I am not a pensioner, own properties and a car in both the UK and Spain, have private health insurance in Spain and (very obviously) pay taxes in both countries and I am a member of SOHA, you know absolutely nothing about me or how I split my time between the UK and Spain, you only know what you could have picked up from my comments on here coupled with wild assumptions to fill in the gaps. Far from an attack on democratic free speech, you have been banned from the OP several times under various aliases, a bit sad don’t you think. What makes you think you have the right to contravene such a ban and start attacking others. At least I use my real name on here. I will not be responding to you again.

  3. Jane G, you are quite correct in saying I can only deem from information that you have posted over a period of time. I shall state once again you are NOT a tax resident in Spain. Perhaps you are confusing a non-resident tax such as a yearly car tax, local property tax (IBI) and possibly a “patrimonio” wealth tax on your flat in Fuengirola that, as you have stated previously belonged to your parents, but I doubt very much if the value of a flat in Fuengirola is worth over €700.000 and if so you would be paying a sliding tax over the €700.000, but all this has nothing to do with being a tax resident in Spain.
    BTW Jane G, everybody pays these form of taxes whether one is resident or non-resident and most “sensible” people who frequent Spain would recommend taking a private health insurance as the Spanish health system does not cover holiday visitors except for emergency. I also had a private health insurance policy prior to becoming a pensioner but applied for the Spanish health system once I became a pensioner and like most sensible people who travel to other countries outside the EU tend to take a travel insurance, nothing new. You also mentioned on other comments that you are a member of SOHA, a commendable organization fighting for the rights of people and it a pity you don’t take a leaf from their program such as the rights of people to make comments. As for using aliases names I think you will find many on this forum do not use their correct name. stefanjo being one. I don’t lie or make things up but state facts and know doubt you will not reply due to not being able to contradict what I have stated, but if so I’m all ears.
    Hope once again OP allows my posting as I am just stating facts and not being abusive to anyone.

  4. Jane G, may I point out the difference between a tax resident and a non-resident taxpayer in Spain, ie, in your own words.

    “Apart from the fact that I am not a pensioner, own properties and a car in both the UK and Spain, have private health insurance in Spain and (very obviously) pay taxes in both countries and I am a member of SOHA”

    For a start, the taxes you are referring to is a NON-RESIDENT taxpayer which includes a yearly car tax, (which residents pay) a local tax (IBI) (which residents pay) and tax on a “deemed rental income”, (which residents don’t pay but was imposed on non-residents due to the many years of abuse of the Spanish tax of undeclared income lettings) and perhaps a sliding tax on your flat in Fuengirola if the value is over €700.000 (which I doubt very much, never heard of a flat in Fuengirola costing €700.000 plus)
    I take it from your comments you still live in the UK with the intention of perhaps living in Spain when retired and if so you will quickly know the difference between being a non-resident and a resident taxpayer when you employ an accountant to which residents have to declare all their assets.
    But the point I was making is that you are NOT a current resident taxpayer in Spain, you can’t be. Rest my case.

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