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Spain: Far-right groups pay tribute to Francoist 'Blue Division' force *UPDATE*02:23

Spain: Far-right groups pay tribute to Francoist 'Blue Division' force *UPDATE*

Spain, Madrid
February 14, 2021 at 09:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of Francoists and far-right sympathisers gathered in Madrid's Almudena cemetery on Saturday to pay tribute to the fascist 'Blue Division' soldiers that died fighting alongside the Nazis and under the command of Hitler in World War II.

The attendees were marking the anniversary of the Krasny Bor battle, in which the 'Blue Division' squad of Spanish volunteers followed the Nazis to Leningrad.

The tribute started with a march from the Ascao metro station to the cemetery, with supporters carrying banners reading: 'Honour and glory to the fallen,' and 'anti-communists.'

The group also sang popular Francoist songs and gave incendiary speeches, including some encouraging followers to disobey COVID curfew rules in the name of fascism.

"You need to disobey the curfew, you need to reunite with your family and friends, be more than six people, as we are here today, and that you must hug each other, and sing, and you must live with joy because fascism is joy, comrades," said lawyer Ignacio Menendez.

As well as the lawyer, the tribute featured even more speakers from prominent positions in society. A local priest spoke in defence of the group whilst denouncing marxism.

"Without a doubt, marxism, yesterday, in World War II, and also today, wants to disturb the peace of our society, disturb the peace of our spirits and, above all, remove the prince of peace, our Lord Jesus Christ," stated the priest.

Despite COVID concerns, the government delegation authorised the event because, according to the organizers, they were not going to exceed 200 attendees.

Spain current curfew rules, aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, dictate people can stay outdoors until 22:00 with bars and restaurant serving patrons on-site. Spain has recorded 114,045 COVID infections and 3,361 related deaths in the past month according to date compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

UPDATE: The Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into alleged hate crimes committed during the demonstration at the request of the regional government, in light of the footage obtained by Ruptly.

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Dozens of Francoists and far-right sympathisers gathered in Madrid's Almudena cemetery on Saturday to pay tribute to the fascist 'Blue Division' soldiers that died fighting alongside the Nazis and under the command of Hitler in World War II.

The attendees were marking the anniversary of the Krasny Bor battle, in which the 'Blue Division' squad of Spanish volunteers followed the Nazis to Leningrad.

The tribute started with a march from the Ascao metro station to the cemetery, with supporters carrying banners reading: 'Honour and glory to the fallen,' and 'anti-communists.'

The group also sang popular Francoist songs and gave incendiary speeches, including some encouraging followers to disobey COVID curfew rules in the name of fascism.

"You need to disobey the curfew, you need to reunite with your family and friends, be more than six people, as we are here today, and that you must hug each other, and sing, and you must live with joy because fascism is joy, comrades," said lawyer Ignacio Menendez.

As well as the lawyer, the tribute featured even more speakers from prominent positions in society. A local priest spoke in defence of the group whilst denouncing marxism.

"Without a doubt, marxism, yesterday, in World War II, and also today, wants to disturb the peace of our society, disturb the peace of our spirits and, above all, remove the prince of peace, our Lord Jesus Christ," stated the priest.

Despite COVID concerns, the government delegation authorised the event because, according to the organizers, they were not going to exceed 200 attendees.

Spain current curfew rules, aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, dictate people can stay outdoors until 22:00 with bars and restaurant serving patrons on-site. Spain has recorded 114,045 COVID infections and 3,361 related deaths in the past month according to date compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

UPDATE: The Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation into alleged hate crimes committed during the demonstration at the request of the regional government, in light of the footage obtained by Ruptly.