We have been sent the following report from O Globo, in Brazil. Here is a summary:
Israel de França, a Brazilian conductor and violinist, was assaulted by Spanish Police on this Christmas Eve, Monday 24th, in Granada, where he lives. He was sitting at a bar with a friend when four Spanish Police Officers took him out against his will and with no charges filed, brought him to a nearby building and beat him.
Says Israel: “We were at ease, both of us, they took me to a building where three Police officers came in, hurt me pretty and gave me a strong beating and kicking. My Brazilian friend stayed outside with a police officer. I am black and my friend is white, and this is something that is adversely affecting my life here in Spain. Now I want to take action. I didn’t immediately contact the Brazilian Embassy, but will do that tomorrow, 25th.
‘I spent the whole day at the hospital, doing examinations, an x-ray on my arm, on my left hand which now prevents me from playing violin, and I have an important concert on Thursday. My left leg and arm are badly hurt, and I have lesions throughout my body. I am the conductor of the choir for the College of Lawyers here, and all are on my side and will be taking action on the 25th.’