Four days before the election that could put Unidos Podemos in the control room, a huge illegal espionage scandal has erupted directly involving the PP acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s interior minister, Jorge Fernández Díaz.
Fernández Díaz is a shady character who defends the police when they beat desperate migrants seeking to enter Europe by climbing over the barbed wire of Ceuta and Melilla (“Whoever wants them here, send me your address so we can send them to your home.”), grants silver crosses to the Blessed Virgin of Sorrows and Our Lady of the Most Holy Mary of Love, and has coined phrases such as “abortion is like ETA” or “same-sex marriage does not guarantee the survival of the species” or “victims of Francoism seek their families for money.” Well, this same character is at the center of another controversy Wednesday after the online newspaper Público published recordings of various conversations between the minister and the head of the Catalan anti-fraud unit, Daniel de Alfonso.
During these conversations in 2014 and 2015, the minister urged de Alfonso to fabricate evidence to indict the political leaders of the Catalan independence movement. But this is just the tip of the iceberg of a practice established with the arrival of the popular parties to power. Just after gaining head of the police, Fernández Díaz created the operational attached Directorate (DAO, under the Spanish acronym) with the explicit task of generating anonymous dossiers against current political enemies, from the separatists to Podemos.