Vox is a popular anti-immigration party in Spain, the third-largest party in the country. At a recent Vox rally in Madrid, Antifa activists were allowed to get close enough to the stage to throw rocks, injuring at least one of the Vox leaders.
It’s important to remember that the police only allow such violence to take place because they are ordered to do so. If they had been ordered to crack down hard on Antifa, no rocks would ever have gotten near the Vox people. Their orders come from the municipal authorities, which means they are sanctioned by the national government.
In other words, the government of Spain is using Antifa as a proxy paramilitary force to suppress its political opponents. The fact that the “anti-fascists” are not official state forces gives the regime plausible deniability about the resulting violence. From my perspective, the plausibility and deniability were always thin, and are now all but non-existent. But as long as the state retains full control of the media, it can get away with such atrocities.
Video transcript: #1
|00:00||….more plural than those who wanted — who just threw a rock… that has hit someone.|
|00:06||This is being permitted by the minister of interior, and this event|
|00:10||will end only when everybody has left the square.|
|00:14||And we will come down again. And we will return back to the lectern. Make that clear.|
|00:21||This… this is what is permitted by Marlaska, Sanchez, and Iglesias.
Video transcript: #2
|00:00||Violent clashes broke out in Madrid. On one side, the forces of order,|
|00:04||on the other side anti-fascist activists who came to protest against a meeting held by|
|00:08||the far-right party Vox, ahead of early elections planned|
|00:12||in less than a month in the Spanish capital.|
|00:16||The result of this violence: two arrests and about fifteen injured, including|
|00:20||a member of the Vox party who was hit in the hand by a stone.|
|00:25||The source of the anger was the presence of Santiago Abascal, leader of the Vox party,|
|00:29||in the district of Vallecas, an underprivileged neighborhood of Madrid.|
|00:33||Selecting this location was perceived as a provocation by the inhabitants,|
|00:37||who are mostly opposed to far-right ideas.|
|00:42||The third-largest political force in the country, the Vox party had enabled the right|
|00:46||to regain power in Madrid in 2019 through an alliance with the Popular Party and Ciudadonos.|
|00:53||Following the resignation last month of the region’s president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, from the PP,|
|00:58||the cards have been reshuffled. Voters are set to go to the polls on May 4.