► Activists chain selves to arena gates to ‘close the door to fascism in Spain’
► Protest includes slogans against fascism, VOX painted on women’s bare torsos
Four activists of the feminist direct-action group FEMEN chained themselves Sunday morning to the fence of the Vistalegre arena in Madrid to protest a pre-election rally of the ultra-right VOX party on the first anniversary of party’s eruption onto Spain’s political scene.
The four bare-breasted Femen activists, displaying anti-fascist and anti-VOX slogans in body paint on their torsos, chained themselves to the entrance of the Vistalegre arena at 5:30 a.m. under the slogan “Let’s close the door to fascism in Spain”.
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Shortly after 8 a.m. as VOX supporters began to arrive for the party rally scheduled for midday, police used bolt cutters to cut the Femen activists’ chains and escort them from the scene.
Since appearing on Spain’s political scene last year, the VOX party has used strong anti-feminist rhetoric as part of its campaign strategy and has won seats in several regional parliaments assemblies and Spain’s national Congress, where the party gained 24 seats in last April’s general elections. The ultra-right party will stand again in Spain’s upcoming 10th November general election and Sunday’s pre-campaign meeting was the first such rally in the run-up to the election.
The motto of Femen’s direct-action protest at the Vistalegre arena was “feminist chain against the fascist vote” and “Vox – not another step forward”. Femen said in a statement that the group “cannot allow his ideology of hatred to continue advancing and winning seats. We will not give up until we put an end to the advance of fascism”.
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