One of the spray-painted messages outside a Malaga hospital. / SUR

Covid deniers arrested in connection with 6,000-euro public building graffiti damage

Police officers have arrested a woman in her 50s and a man in his 40s for allegedly spraying the messages on the façades of 30 public buildings

JUAN CANO / ÁLVARO FRÍAS

National Police officers in Malaga have arrested a couple on suspicion of spraying Covid-denier graffiti on the façades of around thirty public buildings, dotted around the city, with messages such as "Murdering health workers".

The first graffiti appeared on 28 October when messages were painted on three different areas of the Regional Hospital, with the most visible one at the entrance to accident and emergency department. Other graffiti then appeared at the Faculties of Medicine and Law, the Social Security building on Calle Hilera and various health centres in the city.

Since then, more graffiti has been reported at the Quirón Hospital, the Gonzalo Martín Tenllado Professional Music Conservatory and at the Camino del Pato fire station, all in the western part of the city. And, also, in different areas of El Palo.

Police officers detected several links between the graffiti attacks. The first was, obviously, the style of calligraphy. But another common denominator was the type of spray paint, always purple.

After inspecting dozens of security camera recordings, investigators managed to identify two suspects, both Spanish, who have been arrested this week for their alleged involvement in the incidents. The damage to public buildings is estimated at more than 6,000 euros.

The pair have been released while the criminal damage investigations continue.