A father who was killed by police for attending church has described how he was beaten up and robbed by a group of young men who threw stones and petrol bombs at him.
In a harrowing account published in a Spanish newspaper on Wednesday, Pedro Córdoba told how he and his wife, María Elena, had left for work in Barcelona when they were attacked by police.
“They threw stones at us.
I ran to a neighbour and said, ‘Please help me’,” he said.
“They came and told me they would help me, but they were going to arrest me anyway.”
The 26-year-old was dragged to a nearby parking lot where his car was attacked and set on fire.
“I could see flames coming from my car,” he said, adding that he was “shocked and scared”.
“I didn’t see anyone who could help me.
I felt scared because I knew that my car would burn.”
Córdaba said that after about 10 minutes of being held against his will, the police dragged him to a car park.
He said the driver then threw him against a wall and punched him in the face, forcing him to the ground.
“The driver told me he was a policeman,” he told El País newspaper.
“I said, `No, this is the police’.”
Cóndoba was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries on Sunday.
A number of witnesses, including two doctors, have confirmed his death to El Pais.
The driver of the car was arrested and charged with murder.
Police said they have opened an investigation into the case, which is not believed to be related to the recent unrest.
The police are also investigating a case of arson in the northern town of Cadiz, which has seen several attacks against churches.
The attack was reported in the early hours of Tuesday morning.