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article imageChild films security guards assaulting parents in Spain (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jan 9, 2014 in World
Torrevieja - A French family were on a Christmas holiday in Torrevieja in the Valencian Community of Spain when they visited a supermarket. When passing the shop's till, an alarm went off in the security barrier and they were badly assaulted by security guards.
Fortunately one of their children had the foresight to secretly capture the incident on camera.
According to the couple, they were passing through the cash register at the Carrefour supermarket when the alarm went off. The security guards came to the till and asked the family to go through the security barriers several times, to no effect.
Despite this, the French tourists were then taken into another office where the security guards first searched the couple, then spat on them, and then attacked them, in front of their children. The eldest child is 17, and the youngest only seven years old.
In the video, taken by one of their children using a mobile phone, one of the security guards can be seen placing the husband in a choke-hold, while his colleague appears to be repeatedly punching the man's wife.
Speaking of the vicious attack, the husband told El Mundo (Spanish language): "They grabbed my neck and I thought I was going to die in Spain."
His wife added, "My youngest child couldn't stop crying, I couldn't console him."
"If they had found something, well that's different, but I didn't have anything. They looked everywhere and didn't find anything," she added.
Following the incident, the couple went to a local hospital for treatment. They reportedly had to wait several days before they could file a complaint, as the local Civil Guard office has no translator.
Since then, the supermarket has admitted that the assault did take place and have requested more information from the independent security firm who employ the guards involved in the incident at the shopping center.
According to El Mundo, the security firm has refused to comment publicly on the incident.
Cuatro (in Spanish) report that the French family are planning to return home from their holiday today.
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