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Spanish Ultra-Catholic group campaign against ‘Feminazis’ with Hitler bus

Ultra-Catholic organization is using an image of Hitler wearing lipstick to protest against what it calls “feminazis” and Spain’s gender violence laws in the run up to Women’s Day on March 8th.

Spanish Ultra-Catholic group campaign against ‘Feminazis’ with Hitler bus
Close up of the image on the HazteOir.org campaign bus.

HazteOir are no strangers to controversy. The ultra-Catholic organization which campaigns to “promote family values” has previously attempted to tour Spain with a bus using transphobic slogans aimed at children.

Bearing the slogans such as “boys have penises, girls have vulvas _ don't let them fool you,” the bright orange vehicle targeted children.

That campaign was suspended and the buses seized after prosecutors argued that it constituted a hate crime and breach of the peace.

READ MORE: Police seize anti-trans campaign bus declaring 'boys have penises' 

The latest campaign comparing women who fight for gender equality and laws to protect women from domestic violence, to Hitler was unveiled on Thursday evening.

Alongside an image of Hitler wearing pink lipstick is emblazoned the slogan “#StopFeminazis, it is not Gender Violence, it is Domestic Violence”.

The organization is petitioning the parties of Spain’s right – PP, Ciudadanos and the far right Vox – ahead of general elections in April to repeal gender laws arguing that they discriminate against men.

According to the spokesman of the ultracatólica association

Luis Losada, the spokesman of HazteOir.org argues that the law of gender violence and regional LGTB regulations “have broken the right of equality of all people.”

The group said they planned to drive the buses around cities in Spain in the run up to International Women’s day on March 8 when huge rallies will take place across Spain.

The group, which claims to promote family rights and the value of life, was found in 2014 to be linked to the extreme right organization El Yunque, which critics claim is a secret paramilitary group.

Twitter users were quick to ridicule the campaign posting their own memes of the controversial bus.

Next to an image of Franco with lipstick: “More mopping and ironing and less male things”

 
“Direct route to the Middle Ages”
 
“Friends of Hitler Tours. Kids go free!”
 
“Under Franco, this never would have happened”.
 
 
 

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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Spanish court orders compensation for gender victim’s family after Guardia Civil failed to protect her

A Spanish court ordered Wednesday the interior ministry to pay €180,000 in compensation to the family of a woman murdered by her abusive husband after her request for protection was turned down.

Spanish court orders compensation for gender victim's family after Guardia Civil failed to protect her
Photo: AFP

The woman in September 2016 asked police in the southern town of Sanlucar la Mayor near Seville for a protection order against her husband but the request was turned down because he had no criminal record and officers concluded she faced little risk.   

The following month the man, reportedly a former police captain in the Dominican Republic, stabbed his wife to death in the street in front of the couple's two children.

He committed suicide in May 2020 while serving a 28-year jail sentence for the crime.

Spain's National Court on Wednesday ruled that the Spain's Guardia Civil police force had provided “inadequate” protection to the woman and ordered it to pay €20,000 ($23,500) to each of her parents, and €70,000 to each of her two children, for “moral damages”.

“Social and institutional awareness of the importance of the problem of gender violence requires greater sensibility than that which was shown by the Guardia Civil station” in charge of the case, the court added in its ruling.

Spanish politicians have implemented successive programmes to address the issue of gender violence since 1997, when 60-year-old Ana Orantes was beaten, thrown over a balcony and then burned to death by her ex-husband after repeatedly complaining to authorities about his violent behaviour.   

She had been forced to divide her home with her husband on the order of a divorce court.

The Spanish parliament in 2004 unanimously approved Europe's first law that specifically cracks down on gender-based violence.    

It grants victims of gender violence free legal aid, set up special courts for domestic violence cases and allows public prosecutors to press charges even if the victim does not file a complaint.

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