The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) has condemned a march by Neo-Nazis in the center of Madrid featuring antisemitic speeches and the Nazi salute.
“We consider it unacceptable that in a solid democracy under the rule of law such as Spain, such remarks go unpunished,” the Jewish organisation said.
“That is why we demand that the Office of the Prosecutor for Hate Crimes investigate this incident and, where appropriate, prosecute and condemn these criminal acts.”
About 300 people attended the event held near a cemetery in the Spanish capital where veterans of the Blue Division who fought alongside Hitler’s troops are buried. In one speech, a young woman was filmed saying: “Our duty is to fight for Spain and Europe now weakened by the enemy, which remains the same but wears many masks: the Jew.”
The Israeli ambassador in Spain, Rodica Radian-Gordon, wrote on Twitter that the “antisemitic proclamations made in the homage to the Blue Division in Madrid are disgusting and cannot have a place in a democratic society. Education and learning the truth about history is the way to avoid the past repeating itself,” she added.
The event was convened by the Patriotic Youth, a Madrid neo-Nazi organization, and was supported by different Nazi and fascist groups across Spain, such as the España2000 party or La Falange, whose leader, Manuel Andrino, attended the march.