Neo-Nazi Event In Spain Praised By Neo-Nazis Across Europe And The United States

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February 19, 2021

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On February 13, around 300 neo-Nazis gathered in Madrid to commemorate the Spanish Volunteer division, also known as the 250th Infantry Division or the Blue Division. The Blue Division was a unit of Spanish volunteers who fought alongside Nazi Germany on the eastern front. The event took place at La Almudena cemetery on the 78th anniversary of the Battle of Krasny Bor, where 2,000 Spaniards were killed. The event was planned by the Madrid based neo-Nazi Juventud Patriota ("Patriotic Youth") and was attended by several groups including fascist political parties España2000 and La Falange, whose leader Manuel Andrino attended the march.[1]


The insignia of the Blue Division

The March

During the march participants were seen carrying a banner that read: "Honor and Glory to the Fallen" and a quotation from "Hymn of the Blue Division," a song composed to honor the soldiers: "To a gloomy world we carry the sun, to an empty sky we carry god." A Telegram user posted links to a Google Drive folder that included photos of the event.[2]

Flags of the fascist España2000 political party were present at the march.

Members of Madrid's Legion Motorcycle Club also participated in the event.

At the conclusion of the event, the participants left flowers at an obelisk in the La Almudena cemetery that commemorates those that died fighting for the Blue Division. On the flowers there is the insignia of the Blue Division, the colors of the Spanish flag, an Iron Cross, a swastika, and the bundle of arrows used by the regime of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.  

Speakers At The Event

Javier Utrilla, a local priest, denounced communism at the event, saying: "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."

Another speaker was Ignacio Menéndez, the lawyer of far-right terrorist Carlos García Juliá who in 1977 helped carry out an attack that killed five labor activists. García Juliá was released from prison in November of 2020.[3] In his speech, Menéndez called on the crowd to not follow COVID-19 restrictions, saying: "It is necessary that you violate the curfew, that you meet with your family and friends, that you be more than six as we are here today; and that you embrace each other, and that you sing and that you live joyfully. Because fascism is joy." Later in the speech Menéndez said "Sooner or later, when we give our lives, comrades, we'll only be able to say that we don't come with empty hands and that our honor is called fidelity, scream with me: Hail Spain, hail Europe" giving a Nazi salute as the crowd joined in.

Benigno Maujo, president of the Defenders of Oviedo Brotherhood, a Spanish fascist organization, gave a speech in which he said: "There's nothing we should be afraid of, like the best of us, our honor is fidelity, and like the best ones, on our shields we have the message attention, comrades, hail Spain, hail Europe!"

The speaker that gained the most attention in the days following the rally was 18-year-old college student Isabel Medina Peralta. Medina Peralta is the director of the recent re-established Seccion Nacional Femenina ("National Female Section"), the female division of the Falange political party that was dissolved after the death of Franco. Medina Peralta also has ties to other far-right groups such as the neo-Nazi Bastión Frontal ("Front Bastion") and has written for the fascist magazine La Conquista del Estado ("The Conquest of the State").[4]

During her speech, Medina Peralta said: "It is our supreme obligation to fight for Spain and for a Europe now weak and liquidated by the enemy, the enemy that will always be the same, although with different masks: the Jew. Because nothing is more certain than this statement: the Jew is guilty, The Jew is the culprit and the Blue Division fought for them. They wanted to liberate Europe from communism. a Jewish invention to pit the workers against one another." In the days following the march Medina Peralta's Twitter account was suspended and her Instagram page was removed. A criminal investigation into the anti-Semitic statements made at the rally has been opened by prosecutors.[5]

At the cemetery, participants gave Nazi salutes and sang various songs including ''Cara al Sol [Facing the Sun]," which was the anthem of Franco's party, and "Primavera [Spring]," the Spanish fascist version of a Russian song sung by Spanish soldiers who fought for Nazi Germany. In January of this year there was controversy when a video emerged of Spanish soldiers singing the song and giving Nazi salutes in their barracks.[6]

International Reactions

On Telegram and 4chan neo-Nazis and white supremacists have reacted positively to the march. The French extreme right Ouest Casual Telegram channel made several posts about the march, including one on February 14 of four images that the channel claims show different groups that attended the march. The first image of the neo-Nazi Bastión Frontal group.[7]

 

Another image is also of a hooligan group, the Ultras Sur supporters of Real Madrid.[8]

The final image is of Spanish neo-Nazi group Getafe Nacional Revolucionario.[9]

The images were shared across several white supremacist channels.[10] On that same day the channel also posted various other images from the rally. In a comment to the images, the channel claimed "600 nationalists" were present at the event.[11]

The following day the channel posted an image it says was taken at the march. In the image two women with their faces digitally blurred stand in front of the monument that honors those killed from the Blue Division, also known as Division 250. The women carry the flag of the Misanthropic Division, a group affiliated to the neo-Nazi Ukrainian Azov movement.[12] 

Much of the attention has been placed on Isabela Medina Peralta. On 4chan, the imageboard known for hosting white supremacist content, seven threads with over 300 replies were created on February 16-17. In the threads, users expressed admiration for Peralta, agreed with her views, and made comments suggesting they were in love with her and would like to marry her.

Videos of Medina Peralta's speech were posted in several prominent neo-Nazi Telegram channels. On February 15, a member of the white nationalist National Justice Party, posted on his Telegram channel a now-deleted YouTube video of Medina Peralta's speech quoting her antisemitic remarks.[13]

A white supremacist Telegram channel posted on February 15 another video of Medina Peralta's speech referring to her as a "Spanish Falangist Activist" and quoting from her now-deleted twitter account "Death by will: The most beautiful comrades, because you impose it on yourself and you die by will. You die under the sun or under the stars but your blood becomes fertile like a spring."[14]

An American neo-Nazi posted screenshots on February 17 of a translated interview that Medina Peralta gave to the El Español daily. Commenting on the interview the user called Medina Peralta "a shining example of what a young National Socialist should be" writing that "she speaks with refreshing passion, clarity and truth. This level of revolutionary leadership is extremely rare in women, especially younger ones, but when one is able to prove herself against so many odds, it is truly admirable and white-pilling."[15]

After Medina Peralta came under fire by the media, civil society groups, and the government for her comments, prominent neo-Nazis rose to her defense. A Canadian neo-Nazi that claims to have Spanish heritage, posted on his Telegram channel an article critical of Medina Peralta. He calls the article "disgusting rhetoric" by "shitlib pundits" and that efforts to charge her with hate speech are an attempt at "totalitarian control of all speech in a country, with brute force used against dissenting views."[16]

A neo-Nazi British group also posted about the attacks against Isabel by the state and the media writing on February 18 that "a comrade in Spain.. asked could we pay tribute to her courage, strength and intelligence."[17]

In the comments sections users stated their support for Medina Peralta and one user referred to her as an "Outstanding young woman. A vision of the new European youth that is finding it's voice."[18]

 


[1] Lamarea.com/2021/02/15/enemigo-siempre-mismo-judio-300-neonazis-homenajean-espanoles-lucharon-hitler/, February 15, 2021.

[2] Photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNlMEAucRenp3vCMuxtDdl522eUjoAHTqVkCSQZV--i7yfRerFH9b9ReD05OWZ-_Q?key=Ung4MExxTVI3V1JiUlRoTkwxcndUVVV5ZHA5clZ3, accessed February 17, 2020.

[3] Rtve.es/noticias/20201119/autor-matanza-abogados-atocha-carlos-garcia-julia-sale-prision/2057691.shtml, November 19. 2020.

[4] 20minutos.es/noticia/4586606/0/quien-es-isabel-m-peralta-la-joven-falangista-que-acusa-los-judios-de-ser-el-enemigo-y-a-los-mena-de-bazofia/?autoref=true, February 16, 2021.

[5] Timesofisrael.com/spain-investigating-anti-semitic-speech-at-neo-nazi-rally/, February 16, 2021

[6] Lamarea.com/2021/01/08/militares-antifa-fuerzas-armadas-relato-predominante-ultraderecha/, January 8, 2021.

[7] Telegram, February 14, 2021.

[8] Telegram, February 14, 2021.

[9] Telegram, February 14, 2021.

[10] Telegram, February 14, 2021; Telegram, February 14, 2021.

[11] Telegram, February 14, 2021.

[12] Telegram, February 16, 2021.

[13] Telegram, February 15, 2021.

[14] Telegram, February 15, 2021.

[15] Telegram, February 17, 2021.

[16] Telegram, February 17, 2021.

[17] Telegram, February 18, 2021.

[18] Telegram, February 18, 2021.

 

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