Spain: 6 Women Who had Consensual Sex with Undercover Cop Say They Feel Raped After Cover Blown

You’re living in the age of ex post facto rape

“Blew the cover.”



The Guardian:

The first time he showed up at Barcelona’s poster-plastered La Cinètika – a former cinema turned squatted anticapitalist social centre – was in mid-2020.

Friendly, funny and flirtatious, he introduced himself as Dani, a recent transplant to the city who was scraping by installing air conditioners, and said he had stumbled across the centre after searching online for a cheap place to work out.

Over the next two and a half years he became a fixture on the city’s vibrant anarchist scene; facing down police at protests and anti-eviction blockades, dropping by a popular plaza for hours of beer-fuelled conversations and striking up intimate relations with at least eight women.

That is, until the man with the mohawk, collection of antifascist T-shirts and a chaos symbol tattooed on one knee was alleged to be an undercover police officer.

Six of the women he was involved with during this time are now pursuing legal action, accusing the alleged officer and his superiors at Spain’s national police force of continued sexual abuse and inhumane treatment along with breaches of their privacy and fundamental rights. The legal challenge also takes aim at Spain’s home ministry, arguing that it is ultimately responsible for the conduct of the country’s police forces.

I feel I was raped,” one of the women told La Directa, the Barcelona-based newspaper that first published the allegations. “I’ve been with someone who I now realise I didn’t know and that makes me genuinely afraid.”

Dani and Clara, one of the women, pictured in 2021

She first crossed paths with Dani in late 2020, when a group gathered at La Cinètika to work on a guide aimed at preventing and confronting patriarchal violence. The two hit it off quickly, going on to date for nearly a year.

The allegations, revealed more than a year after he abruptly broke off the relationship, left her fending off a mix of anxiety, disgust and powerlessness. “If I had known he was a cop, I would have never had a relationship with him. I wasn’t able to make that decision,” she said.

In recent weeks she had grappled with a barrage of flashbacks, reliving the many times she had introduced him to her closest friends and family and eased his entry into the city’s tight-knit activist community. “Nothing justifies the state and the police interfering in my life,” she said.

Spain’s national police and interior ministry have yet to publicly address the allegations. Neither would speak to the Guardian; the police did not reply to a request for comment while the ministry said it would not comment, nor would it confirm the existence of “this alleged case”.

Police sources, however, have confirmed to a handful of Spanish media that Dani is a police officer, linking him to a division focused on intelligence gathering.

Women are so exhausting.

It’s just crazy you’re not allowed to beat them up.