Lions maul neo-Nazi activist in Spain
search
Mane kampfMane kampf

Lions maul neo-Nazi activist in Spain

Justo Jose seriously injured after jumping into zoo enclosure in military uniform

Illustrative photo of male lion (photo credit: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo/Yarah Tamari)
Illustrative photo of male lion (photo credit: Jerusalem Biblical Zoo/Yarah Tamari)

A 45-year-old neo-Nazi activist was seriously injured by three lions after he entered the animals’ enclosure at the Barcelona zoo on Sunday.

Barcelona’s fire department was called to the northeastern city’s zoo where witnesses said they saw the man, wearing a military-style uniform, jump into the den, the city government said in a statement.

Emergency services used fire hoses to distance the lions from the man, who had been attacked and dragged into a tunnel within their enclosure.

Around half an hour after he entered the enclosure, rescue services removed the man, identified by local media as Justo Jose, and took him to a hospital where he is in serious but not life-threatening condition, the statement said.

http://youtu.be/mIasPq6kJXI

It wasn’t Jose’s first time in the news. He was arrested on November 23 for hanging swastika banners over the Casa Milà building in Barcelona, as part of an anti-abortion demonstration. Alongside the symbol of the genocidal Nazi regime, Jose wrote on one of the banners that abortion was “murder,” according to local media.

On September 11, he was caught burning a flag near the statue of the 17th century Catalan leader Rafael Casanova, and in early November he tried to break into the Palau de la Generalitat, the seat of the Catalan government.

The spokesman for the fire department insisted that Jose’s entrance into the enclosure was deliberate, although it wasn’t immediately clear if it was a political protest.

Join us!
A message from the Editor of Times of Israel
David Horovitz

The Times of Israel covers one of the most complicated, and contentious, parts of the world. Determined to keep readers fully informed and enable them to form and flesh out their own opinions, The Times of Israel has gradually established itself as the leading source of independent and fair-minded journalism on Israel, the region and the Jewish world.

We've achieved this by investing ever-greater resources in our journalism while keeping all of the content on our site free.

Unlike many other news sites, we have not put up a paywall. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community. Join now and for as little as $6 a month you can both help ensure our ongoing investment in quality journalism, and enjoy special status and benefits as a Times of Israel Community member.

Become a member of The Times of Israel Community
read more:
comments