Founder of Spain's far-right Vox shot in the face in Madrid

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Founder of Spain's far-right Vox shot in the face in Madrid
Vidal-Quadras was shot in the face in broad daylight in Madrid on November 9th 2023. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca, one of the founders of Spain’s far-right party Vox and the former head of Spain’s Popular Party in Catalonia, has been seriously injured after being shot in the face in broad daylight in Madrid.


Emergency services in the Spanish capital on Thursday November 9th rushed Alejo Vidal-Quadras Roca (78) to Madrid’s Gregorio Marañón hospital after receiving a bullet to the jaw.

Although he has been seriously injured, Vox's leader Santiago Abascal has claimed his life is not in danger.

"He was conscious and taken to hospital," a police source told news agency AFP, adding that the National Police homicide unit was leading the investigation.


The shooting took place at around 1.30pm in Madrid’s upmarket Salamanca district.

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Spanish media has reported that a person on a motorbike approached the politician and fired at him at point-blank range. 

Forensic police staff members investigate the scene after Alejo Vidal Quadras was shot and injured in Núñez de Balboa Street in Madrid on November 9, 2023. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)


Police have not yet arrested or identified the perpetrator.

Although the reason for the attack is also unknown, it comes at a time of heightened political tensions in Spain, with right-wing demonstrations taking place across the country to protest the amnesty acting PM Pedro Sánchez has granted Catalan separatists in return for their support.

Vidal-Quadras, a former vice president of the European Parliament, founded Vox in 2013 together with other right-wing politicians.

He was also the president of Spain's centre-right Popular Party in Catalonia from 1991 to 1996.




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