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Migrant bombing game dropped in Spain


By The Drum Team | Editorial

November 18, 2010 | 2 min read

An immigrant bashing video game has been pulled by the Spanish People’s Party following public outrage.

Rescue depicted Alicia Sanchez Camacho, a leading Spanish politician, as a Lara Croft type character (Alicia Croft) but instead of targeting snakes and mutants she had to bomb migrants whilst riding a white seagull named Pepe.

Points are awarded for the successful destruction of aircraft containing migrants and symbols of catalan nationalism.

The game was briefly hosted on the party’s website ahead of elections in the countries Catalonia region, but was dropped within hours. Despite this the site crashed as thousands of Spaniards rushed to play online and download the mobile version.

A spokesperson for the PP, Esteban Gonzalez Pon, attributed the “mistake” to a miscommunication with the developer, who inserted illegal migrants rather than the traffickers as had been intended.

Pon said: “The idea was to have Sanchez-Camacho confront Catalonia's problems, which are unemployment, the independentist fever at the situation of many people without work, and the mafias that brought them here and keep them here."

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