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Spain’s police “searched for information on Podemos politicians” nearly 7,000 times as part of the so-called “dirty war” against the left-wing party under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

OFFICERS from Spain’s Policia Nacional sought information on Podemos politicians some 6,903 times as part of a so-called “dirty war” against the new left-wing party in 2016 and 2017.

This shows a report in a Spanish daily newspaper El Paíswho has gained access to documents that the force sent to the Supreme Court, which investigates the police’s actions during this period.

At the time, the government was in the hands of the conservative Partido Popular (PP), and was led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

The PP allegedly carried out an espionage campaign against Podemos, which was led by former deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias and was one of several new groups – including the centre-right Ciudadanos – shaking up Spain’s former two-party system. Socialists and PP.

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez with then Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias.

A Supreme Court judge began investigating the allegations in February this year after Podemos filed a lawsuit alleging victimization by both the Policia Nacional and the Interior Ministry.

According to WhatsApp messages used as evidence in a separate corruption case, the then-deputy head of the Interior Ministry, Francisco Martinez, urged a police chief to unearth information that would damage the reputation of Podemos deputies who had won. seats in the elections in December 2015.

The 6,903 searches about the politicians were made in the Ministry of the Interior’s databases.

Pablo Iglesias reacted to the news by calling for police chiefs to be brought to justice.

Former PP Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Cordon Press.
Cordon Press

“It would strengthen our democracy if these police officers went to jail,” said Iglesias, 45, who is now a full-time presenter and head of the Canal RED network.

Podemos burst onto the political scene in 2014 when it won representation in the European Parliament elections on a platform of anti-corruption and change.

The party eventually ended up as the junior partner in a Socialist-led coalition government formed in 2020, but has since lost support at the ballot box.

It was absorbed into the leftist Sumar 2023 alliance, but its four deputies broke away from the group after disagreements when Sumar formed a new coalition government with the Socialists late last year.

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