Police in northern Spain have made an official complaint against a driver who published a rant against traffic wardens on Facebook after being fined for dangerous driving.
The man, from Galicia, northwestern Spain, was fined after allegedly driving while on the phone and ignoring a stop sign.
In his anger he took to Facebook to criticize the traffic wardens who fined him.
“Thanks to the traffic police who fined me €400 this morning and gave me seven points on my license for speaking on the telephone and supposedly running a stop sign,” the man, who has not been named, wrote on his Facebook page.
“I hope those jihadists with the cojones (balls) come and kill you all,” he added, according to regional newspaper, La Voz de Galicia.
The driver was stopped by traffic police on December 15th between the cities of Lugo and Monforte.
The man is perhaps wishing he kept his opinions to himself after being reported for “lack of respect and consideration for members of the security forces.”
He could face a fine of up to €600 for his comments, which the police claim are harmful because his account is open so available for anyone to see, not just friends and family.
It is not the first time a Facebook comment has landed a Spaniard in hot water.
Under Spain’s controversial citizen security law, dubbed the gag law, which came into force in July 2015, a man was fined €600 for calling police “slackers” on Facebook.
Critics have claimed the new law is a direct attack on freedom of speech and some of its more draconian rules – such as a ban on taking photographs of police officers and a ban on public protests – have attracted fierce criticism from both within Spain and abroad.