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Cartoons celebrate Spain’s hero

SPANISH cartoonists have used their talents to honour one of the heroes of the London Bridge terror attack, Ignacio Echeverria….

By Junior , in Back In Britain Spain World News , at June 19, 2017

SPANISH cartoonists have used their talents to honour one of the heroes of the London Bridge terror attack, Ignacio Echeverria.

One tribute to the 39-year-old, who was killed as he used his skateboard to try and defend a woman being stabbed in the June 3 attack, was retweeted more than 7,000 times in a day.

Ignacio, a lawyer, originally from Madrid but was resident in the UK capital where he worked for HSBC, has been hailed a superhero for the courageous act that cost him his life – and the Spanish government and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have also paid tribute to his bravery.

The most shared cartoon was by ‘Malagon’, artist Jose Rubio, and was captioned: “Not all superheroes wear a cape – some have a skateboard”. His tweet was accompanied by the message: “RIP Ignacio Echeverria, my humble tribute.”

It was drawn the same afternoon Ignacio’s death was officially confirmed after a delay of several days. The 44-year-old artist said: “When I read the news, I felt sadness but also pride because of his heroic and selfless action and I got to work on the cartoon.”

Drawings and cartoons have become iconic statements of both anger and pain in the wake of terror attacks; French artist Jean Jullien combined a peace symbol with the Eiffel Tower following the 2015 attack in Paris.