Carlos Mazón is demanding the resignation of the Minister of the Interior following the murder of two civil guards last Friday.

The two officers have died after a speedboat piloted by drug smugglers crashed into them in the port of Barbate in southern Spain. Five suspects were subsequently arrested. The guard’s association, the AUGC, described the incident as a “wild murder attack.”

Mazón made his statement following the minute of silence as the Generalitat Valenciana joined the call made by the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

Mazón has demanded the resignation of the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska. He said, “The situation in the Strait and the situation of the Civil Guard does not allow for even one more step by the Government of Spain,” which is why “the resignation of Minister Marlaska should have occurred this morning.”

The president focused on the conditions under which the State Security Corps and Forces work against drug trafficking. “We have five-meter zodiacs facing fourteen-meter, nine-hundred-horsepower gliders.” The president has said that these conditions must be improved, also in the Valencian Community: “how much longer will the Civil Guard be risking their lives unnecessarily to defend us from drug trafficking, crimes, insecurity?” the president asked.

The president also conveyed the Consell’s condolences to the family of the murdered civil guards.

There was a similar tribute carried out in Torrevieja on Monday lunchtime, bringing together numerous residents of Torrevieja, as a show of support and solidarity with the families of the deceased civil guards and in recognition of the great work carried out by the members of the State Security Corps and Forces.

The mayor, Eduardo Dolón, has expressed his most sincere condolences and that of all Torrevieja residents to the families of the two civil guards who have lost their lives and to the entire Civil Guard body, deeply rooted historically in the city.

He too demanded that the Government of Spain make all possible means available to the State security forces and bodies so that they can carry out their work in complete safety so that these brutal events do not occur again.