Matías González Cañón, PP candidate for the mayoralty of A Illa de Arousa (Pontevedra).Popular Party
The son of a historic Popular Party politician in the municipality of A Illa de Arousa (pop. 4,878, Pontevedra), Matías González Cañón, who had been handed over by his father as head of the candidacy for the May 28 elections, He was sentenced for assaulting an ex-partner in 2011 to 25 days of community work and an 80-euro fine.
The provincial leadership of the formation has asked the candidate to resign from the seat, but the members of his team have decided to support their number one. The group has posted a video on the party’s social networks in which it announces its intention to stand in the elections on Sunday, ignoring the provincial executive that in no case will it take office under its acronym.
In the video, González Cañón, accompanied by all the members of his candidacy, affirms that he is the victim of electoral manipulation by his political rivals. “I want to show my rejection of any act of sexist violence” and he regretted that “an issue for which I have already paid is being brought up now, and that is hurting me and my family, but I am going to continue with this project” he warned.
Sources close to the candidate have admitted to Europa Press that this court ruling exists, but they have defended that González Cañón, who was in his early 20s at the time, served his sentence and has been working as a security guard for years.
The same sources affect, while waiting to know the steps taken by the party led by Alfonso Rueda, that the case for which the popular candidate was convicted was known “by everyone” in the town of Pontevedra, and they have regretted that it was the result ” of a false accusation. “Now the PSOE is taking advantage, 12 years later, because they are afraid of losing the majority,” they have said.
For their part, six days before the appointment with the polls, provincial PP sources consulted by Europa Press have stated that they were “completely” unaware of the candidate’s situation and are analyzing what steps to take.
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According to the sentence, advanced by eldiario.es, the events date back to the beginning of February 2011, when González Cañón, at dawn, had an argument with his ex-partner in the street and ended up hitting her in the face.
The consequences of the injury were, according to the proven facts, a partially broken tooth and minor cervical injuries. Her story that the victim —and ex-partner— is that the man wanted to accompany her to her house, then they began to argue, he grabbed her arm and punched her twice.