The Government has not yet decided if it will convene the anti-jihadist pact that he has claimed PP after the attack that occurred in Algeciras this Wednesday. The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaskaexplained this Thursday that it is necessary “analyze it perfectly” and to have more knowledge before taking this step, for which reason he asked to wait for the relevant investigations to be carried out in the coming days. In this sense, he explained that, although the main idea being considered is that it is a terrorist attack, other hypotheses are open.
“Regarding the call for the pact, we must analyze it perfectly and know and for that we have to wait for the next few days and for the development of the investigation and the scope of the facts. All the inter-institutional elements are working constantly. Me, for example I have spoken with the president of Andalusia, Juanma Morenoand the Secretary of State for Security with the PP spokeswoman, Cuca Gamarra. Tomorrow I will speak with the spokespersons for the Interior Commission,” Marlaska summed up at a press conference after visiting Algeciras.
Yassine Kanjaa, a 25-year-old Moroccan citizen with no criminal record who had been subject to an expulsion order since June 2022, killed Diego Valencia, sacristan of the church of Nuestra Señora de Palma, on Wednesday with a large knife in Algeciras. Before this attack, the attacker visited the parish of San Isidro, where he injured the priest, antonio rodriguez, who is serious but stable. According to witnesses, the detainee shouted “Allah is great!” and “death to Christians! & rdquor ;. The National Court is now investigating as terrorism the acts committed by Kanjaa, who initially acted alone and has a psychiatric history in Tangier (Morocco).
The minister explained that Kanjaa “has never been on the radar in any national service for radicalisation”. For the Executive, all these circumstances, which denote that it is an isolated event, mean that it is not necessary to convene the monitoring commission of the anti-jihadist pact, where the parliamentary groups are represented. The PP, on the other hand, believes that the call must take place “immediately & rdquor ;.
The spokesperson in the Popular Congress, Cuca Gamarra, complained mid-morning about the lack of information about the attack by the government against the main opposition party. “This is not the way a democracy works. There has to be communication in sensitive matters. We went to the anti-jihadist pact because we have no information,” said the number two of the PP, who also asked the chief executive, Pedro Sánchez, to contact the leader of the conservatives, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, to offer him information about what happened in Almería. In the afternoon, Marlaska called the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno, and his number two in Interior, Rafael Pérez, spoke with Gamarra.
Following a tweet from the president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, in which he called to avoid the “advance & rdquor; of “Islamism & rdquor; and charged against the migrants, Gamarra advocated “not stigmatizing a group because of what one of its members does& rdquor ;, because “the way is to fight the fundamentalists with all the hardness, but respecting those who are not and are part of our community.” But that did not prevent Feijóo himself from entering fully into the same terrain that the far-right leader had trodden on before.
“Islamism is a problem for all of European society and we must act together, knowing that there is a latent problem: there are people who kill in the name of a God, of a religion. And yet For many centuries you will not see a Catholic or a Christian kill in the name of their religion or their beliefs. There are other towns that have some citizens who do & rdquor;argued Feijóo during a discussion at the Círculo Ecuestre in Barcelona.
The PSOE was quick to react to his words, which placed one religion on a plane of superiority over another. “There are times when it is better to remain silent and appear responsible than to speak like that,” said the Socialist spokesperson and Minister of Education, Pilar Alegría. Hours later, Feijóo qualified her words, although with little success. Although he assured that “no religion can be criminalized”, the leader of the PP insisted that at present “there is not a general problem of Catholic terrorism in the world” and yes “of Islamic fundamentalism.