Spanish unionist activists expelled from Catalan parliament after fuss, nazi salute

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*Tweet: From those who said: ‘You can’t vote’. Fascist salute at the Parliament, cries of ‘Long live Spain!’. Invited by the PP – MP David Fernàndez

A group of Spanish unionist activists has been expelled from the visitor’s stand at the Catalan parliament after they kept interrupting the session with cheers to the anti-referendum parties and loudly mocking the pro-independence groups. The president of the chamber Núria de Gispert expelled them, and before leaving, one of them cried a loud ‘Long live Spain!’ and, in the fascist fashion, raised his right arm stiff in a nazi salute.

 All parties except the People’s Party –which had invited the guests– and Ciutadans condemned the action as very serious and unacceptable, and the leader and MP of pro-independence Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, Oriol Junqueras, reminded during his intervention that actions such as nazi salutes and symbols are strictly banned in most European countries, “unlike in Spain”. The protagonist of the incident’s identity was later revealed [Vilaweb] to be Miguel Bosch Sánchez, a representative of the unionist Movimiento 12-0, who was sitting in the company of local councillors belonging to the PP and members of the Spanish far-right party Vox. Bosch said on Twitter that he is not a fascist and he was “just greeting the chamber” before leaving.

The tolerance to fascist inclinations in Spain

It is not the first incident of this kind to occur against local institutions. During the celebration of the September 11 –Catalonia’s national day– in the Catalan government delegation in Madrid, far-right groups violently interrupted the gathering by shouting  and threatening the participants.

This is seen by many as proof of the Spanish state’s impassiveness to the political and social remnants left behind by Gen. Franco’s dictatorship. It certainly doesn’t help that the governing People’s Party has never condemned the fascist regime. To add insult to injury, it is not at all uncommon for opponents of Catalan independence to compare the current political debate to “the Nazi Germany” or “Mussolini’s Italy”. The Catalan dailies Vilaweb [New row around the connection of the Catalan independentist movement with Nazism] and Help Catalonia [Trivialization of Nazism by Spanish nationalists outrages German CDU and Catalan civil society] have extensively covered this issue, which has not only outraged democracy-loving Catalans but also German political parties at the EU.