The Madrid prosecutor’s office opened an investigation on Monday after a crowd of about 200 people sporting Nazi paraphernalia marched in the Spanish capital’s gay-friendly neighbourhood of Chueca on Saturday shouting offensive anti-LGBT slogans.
The protesters shouted “Out of our neighbourhood” and “Get out of Madrid” prefaced by derogatory words for gay people, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Homophobic hate crimes have been in the headlines in Spain since a man was beaten to death in July over his sexual orientation. The government said this month it would create specialised groups within the Interior Ministry and the police force to prevent hate crimes and support victims.
El Pais reports:
Around 200 people gathered on Saturday in the gay-friendly neighborhood of Chueca, known as the center of Spain’s annual Pride celebrations, where they shouted insults such as “get fags out of our neighborhood” and “get those sidosos [AIDS-ridden people] out of Madrid,” as they marched toward the city’s landmark Puerta del Sol square.
During the two-hour demonstration, the group set off flares, carried signs with far-right symbols and expressed their contempt for unaccompanied migrant minors and migrants more broadly. As well as the homophobic chants, demonstrators yelled “Here are the nationalists,” a reference to those who supported dictator Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).
The participants – who were escorted by riot police and several National Police vans – also waved Spanish flags and symbols of Juventud Nacional (National Youth), an organization linked to the far-right party España 2000 (Spain 2000).
If we don’t teach our kids tolerance, others will teach them hatepic.twitter.com/z7aoKh9ws9
— Everything for everyone (@evything4evyone) September 18, 2021
Meanwhile in 🇪🇸 Spain, neonazis were allowed to march in the gay neighborhood of Chueca in Madrid, chanting homophobic abuse (“f*ggots”, “sidosos” (~”AIDS-infected”), racist abuse (“you’re not Spanish bc you’re not white”), as well as “Sieg Heil” nazi salutes👇 https://t.co/g7KUAMH1Qs
— Emmanuelle Chaze (@EmmanuelleChaze) September 19, 2021
Si parecen nasis, gritan frases nasis, llevan símbolos nasis y hacen el saludo nasi, entonces, igual cabe la posibilidad de que sean nasis… ¿no? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/uSdj0dXb8r
— Protestona ۞ (@protestona1) September 19, 2021
Manifestació autoritzada de nazis a Madrid: “Fora mariques i sidosos” https://t.co/S8HlcDoG96
— ElNacional.cat (@elnacionalcat) September 19, 2021
La delegación de gobierno de Madrid debería dimitir al completo. ¿Cómo pueden autorizar concentraciones de odio en pleno SXXI?
No se puede permitir una manifestación de #nazis como la de hoy en Chueca y que no haya consecuencias. pic.twitter.com/FBHg0yXWVu
— Asociación Memoria Histórica Distrito de Latina (@MESA_MH_LATINA) September 18, 2021
Mani de nazis en Madrid.
La policía… pic.twitter.com/QxJFVoa7RX
— naraian (@narascab) September 19, 2021