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Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto confirmed on Monday that someone had sent him a death threat and a knife with what appears to be blood on it.
“You can imagine how difficult it is,” she told reporters after leaving the police station where she denounced the letter. “But these types of acts only give more strength to those who are threatened.”
Maroto is the fourth high-profile victim of similar death threats in less than a week in Spain.
Podemos chief Pablo Iglesias, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska and MarÃa GÃ¡mez, the first woman in charge of the Civil Guard police, all received packages containing death threats and bullets.
“Your time is running out,” read the letter to Iglesias, which threatened not only his life but also that of his family members.
âYou have ten days to resign. Your days of laughing at us are over, âreads the letter to Marlaska.
All death threats were anonymous.
Police are investigating the source of the violent packages, which appear to be sent from Madrid. No arrests have been made to date.
The company that was tasked with filtering the mail was also investigated for failing to report the packages with the bullets, which were clearly visible on an x-ray.
The knife sent to Maroto was hidden between two CDs, making detection more difficult.
The four threatened personalities have increased their personal security.
The threats marked Madrid’s regional election campaign, where Iglesias is running for the head of Spain’s capital region and Maroto has been proposed as deputy prime minister if socialist candidate Angel Gabilondo wins.
Last week, the three left-wing candidates withdrew from a debate in which RocÃo Monasterio, a candidate for the far-right Vox party, refused to condemn the death threats, saying she did not believe them to be real.
All major Spanish parties, including Vox, have condemned the latest death threat.
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