Seven Spanish non-governmental organizations have called on the government’s Fiscalia General attorney general’s office to investigate whether controversial election campaign videos produced by the ultra-right VOX party are inciting hatred toward immigrants, a criminal offense in Spain that is prosecutable under Article 510 of the penal code.
One of the campaign video spots, containing a series of scenes of disturbing violence, gang fights and an apparent attempted rape, has already been barred by Spain’s national TVE broadcaster from airing during times where children may be watching TV, because of what TVE said in a statement was the “evident and extreme violence” shown in the video.
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That video is accompanied by the voice-over narration of VOX party leader Santiago Abascal linking immigrants to “the increase in aggression against women and homosexuals or the mafias involved in the illegal trafficking of goods that is ruining our small businesses”.
In calling for the attorney general’s office to investigate whether or not the VOX ads constituted hate-crimes because they were designed to foment hatred toward one specfic group in society, the NGOS also singled out another video featuring VOX’s spokesperson in the Madrid Assembly, Rocio Monasterios, that depicts minors who arrived to Spain unaccompanied by adults (menas) as delinquents and calls for their expulsion from Spain.
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In a televised pre-election debate Monday night among the five leading candidates to become Spain’s next president, VOX leader Abascal cited immigration as a problem for Spain and brought up the issue nearly twice as often as the other four candidates combined, according to an analysis by the daily El País newspaper.
The seven Spanish NGOS signing the demand for a criminal investigation into the VOX videos incuded SOS Racismo, Red Acoge, Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos, the Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR), Andalucía Acoge, Elín Encuentros Sin Fronteras, and Centre per la Defensa dels Drets Humans.
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