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A student arrested for preparing a gas attack on Anti-Pope protestors in Madrid

MADRID – Spanish police arrested a chemistry student suspected of planning a gas attack against a demonstration denouncing the conditions of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday.

On Thursday the head of the Catholic Church in Spain is scheduled to arrive for World Youth Day (WYD). A protest march is planned in Madrid on Wednesday night against the four-day visit that will cost 50 million euros to the Spanish taxpayers.

A police official said the suspect arrested in Madrid on Tuesday is a 24-year-old Mexican student specializing in organic chemistry.
The Mexican embassy in Madrid identified the arrested man as Jose Perez Bautista and said he was from Puebla state, near Mexico City.

According to a police statement released Tuesday evening, the suspect’s apartment in a wealthy neighborhood of Madrid was raided.

They also seized a computer used by the suspect to attempt, to recruit people on the internet that could help him in his project .said police.

The statement said the suspect was in Madrid studying with Spain’s top government research body, the Spanish National Research Council and his office there was searched.
The council confirmed the arrest but gave no immediate details on the Mexican.

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