Spanish cafe manager becomes hero for blocking riot police 力阻鎮暴警察 西班牙咖啡店經理被奉英雄

Wed, Nov 07, 2012 - Page 10

A cafe manager has become a hero to many in Spain, and an Internet star, after standing up to riot police and letting people protesting government cutbacks take refuge in his establishment.

Alberto Casillas stood at the entrance to the Cafe Prado in central Madrid with his arms outstretched to stop police from entering and detaining demonstrators who poured into the cafe when police charged the protestors.

Videos of the 49-year-old, wearing a white shirt and black tie as he blocked the doorway as protestors cowered behind him, have since become one of the most discussed on social media sites like Twitter.

“People started to file into the cafe in huge numbers. There were between 200 and 300 people inside at the time. There were children, youths, elderly people. If anyone got injured I would have felt very bad,” said Casillas.

Riot police in helmets fired rubber bullets and struck people with their batons to clear thousands of protestors who swamped the Plaza de Neptuno square near parliament to protest austerity measures imposed by the government.

Casillas, who voted for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative Popular Party in a general election last year, said the police action was “disproportionate.” “You can’t justify a police charge because people threw rocks. Police struck people indiscriminately.”

Casillas said he is not sure if he will vote for the Popular Party again. “I did not vote for the Popular Party to see all this that is going on. You can’t govern from behind the barricades,” he said.

(AFP)

一位咖啡店經理在挺身對抗鎮暴警察,讓抗議政府緊縮政策的民眾躲進他的店裡避難後,被許多西班牙人視為英雄,更成為網路明星。

艾伯托‧卡西亞斯站在馬德里市中心區的「草地咖啡」門口,張開雙臂阻止警察進入店內逮捕示威民眾,這些民眾是在警察開始毆打示威者時湧進咖啡店。

這位四十九歲的經理穿著白襯衫、打著黑領帶,用肉身擋在店門口,示威群眾躲在他身後的影片已成為推特等社交媒體網站上最熱門的討論話題之一。

卡西亞斯說:「大批群眾開始湧入咖啡店。當時店裡大約擠進了兩百到三百人,包括小孩、年輕人和老人,假如有人受傷,我會覺得非常難過。」

頭戴鋼盔的鎮暴警察朝群眾發射橡皮子彈,並用警棍毆打民眾,目的是要驅趕把國會大廈旁海神廣場擠爆的數千名示威者。

卡西亞斯在去年國會大選中投票支持總理拉霍伊的保守派人民黨,但他表示警方行動「不成比例」。「警方只因為民眾丟擲石塊就衝上前打人的作法怎麼解釋都不合理。警察根本是不分青紅皂白就任意打人。」

卡西亞斯表示,他不知道還會不會再投票給人民黨。他說:「我投票給人民黨並不是想看到這一切。你總不能躲在拒馬後面治理國家。」

(法新社/翻譯:俞智敏)