Anti-immigration protesters attacked by hundreds of far-Leftists as they march through the streets of Barcelona just one day after deadly terror attack in the city
The anti-immigration protesters are described by the sensationalist media as members of the Falange, the Fascist organization that kept dictator Franco in power for many decades, though Franco himself was not a member of it. The Falange does still exist in Spain -- getting about 1% of the vote in national elections -- but we have no means of knowing the party connections of the protesters. It could all be just media beatup. There are just not many Falangists left and you would not have to be a member of the Falange to be angry about Muslim immigration to Spain after the recent terrorist attacks there.
But even if we do assume that the protesters were Falangists, that does NOT of itself indicate that they were racists. From the Roman empire to this day, Southern Europeans have been little concerned about race. Italian dictator Mussolini did for quite a time have Jews prominent in the Fascist party for instance. Mussolini eventually proclaimed some widely-ignored anti-Jewish laws only after Hitler pushed him into it. And there is great sympathy for Israel in Italy to this day.
And the Falange of Franco's day were not concerned about race either. Their primary foci were anti-comumunism and pro-Catholicism. So to procalim that these anti-immigration protesters were racists would be ipso facto unfounded, though the media will no doubt say otherwise
The one thing we can conclude is that, like Hitler's Brownshirts, Leftist thugs will emerge to attack those they disagree with wherever that might be. It is they who are the Nazis, not the critics of Islam
Far-right activists were met by a huge crowd of anti-fascist protesters as they marched in Barcelona one day after a terror attack killed 13 people in the city.
Members of the extreme Falange group congregated on Las Ramblas boulevard this afternoon before being met by hundreds of counter-demonstrators waving flags and banners.
Tensions were so high that armed riot police were called in to separate the groups as violence broke out.
Pictures show demonstrators shouting in each other's faces and fighting in the streets as tempers boiled over.
One photograph shows an anti-fascist punching a Falange supporter in the face amid a scuffle in the crowd. The punched man, who was wearing a T-Shirt emblazoned with the far-right slogan, 'Do not stop until you conquer', was later seen with a black eye.
He was later seen with a fellow protester whose face and hands were covered in blood after he had been hit in the nose.
The chaotic scenes took place near the scene where yesterday a van ploughed into pedestrians in an attack that also left more than 100 injured.
Falange took to the streets to 'protest Islam' and blame Spain's immigration policy for the attack.
A post on the group's website said: 'No one was fooled into thinking that the policies of multiculturalism and #RefugeesWelcome wouldn’t end like they did in Las Ramblas in Barcelona.'
Falange abandoned the demonstration after it was stormed by counter-demonstrators and had to be escorted away from Las Ramblas by police.