Violence is, for the most part, a terrible way to get what you want. And clocking a top government official is even worse. Which is why it makes perfect sense that it was a teen who took it upon himself to punch the Spanish Prime Minister—at a heavily populated public event, no less—directly in the face.
With the Spanish general election coming up on Sunday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was on the trail when he made a campaign stop in Galicia. Rajoy also just so happens to be largely despised among the Spanish youth. The conservative (by European standards) Rajoy has passed tons of austerity measures during his time as PM, and as a result, Spain is in a major youth unemployment crisis.
Still, while we don’t know exactly why a 17-year-old kid decided to walk up to the Rajoy, slam his fist directly into the side of the PM’s head, and send his glasses “flying,” we can assume it probably has something to do with that. Especially considering he later told the newspaper El Pais, “I’m glad I did it.”
Rajoy is expected to win this coming Sunday, so perhaps this will give him the incentive he needs to fix Spain’s little unemployment crisis. After all, as the ancient Spanish proverb goes, “An employed teen will probably be too busy to punch you in the face.”