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article imageFascist flea market at school near Madrid shocks Spain

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By Anne Sewell     Oct 2, 2013 in World
Quijorna - Spaniards are shocked by the news that a Nazi, Franco and fascist "memorabilia" market was held in a school gym in Quijorna on the outskirts of Madrid recently.
Reportedly visitors to the Saturday memorabilia market at the Príncipes de Asturias public school in Quijorna were able to buy anything from posters of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco all the way through to SS Totenkopf skull emblems and Nazi swastikas.
Posters displayed the message, "¡Saludo a Franco!" or "Salute to Franco", among other fascist statements.
This news, along with other recent scandals, has caused people to call into question the country's ruling party's far right roots.
Apparently Quijorna's Partido Popular mayor, Mercedes García, gave organizers permission to hold the event at the state-funded school. But when asked by El País (Spanish language) why she had allowed a fascist flea market to take place, she responded that she "hadn't spotted the swastikas or Nazi paraphernalia" when she visited it on Saturday.
"There was never any intention to hurt anybody’s feelings," she said.
However, the socialist town councillor Azucena Concejo, was having none of this.
She told the media: "You cannot repeat such serious exaltation of fascism, not only in Quijorna but throughout the European Union."
"If Germany is forbidden to show symbols like swastikas, if they believe this constitutes a crime, why not apply this in all EU countries? " she added.
A military display (video below) was held in Quijorna to honor those who lost their lives during the Republican takeover of Quijorna in the Spanish Civil War. Apparently they decided to make the memorabilia market part of the display.
Libertad Digital reported (in Spanish) that according to a poster for the event, the objectives of the conference were to "foster and promote the traditional values ​​of Spanish culture, to maximize social support and promote full recognition and identification of the company and its armed forces" in addition to " fostering and promoting the culture of the defense and security in society."
However, apparently even other members of the Partido Popular are "in shock" over what took place on Saturday. No doubt they are angered as this latest incident serves to enhance even further the "fascist" image which the party holds in the eyes of its detractors.
Digital Journal reported in August about the youth wing of Spain's ruling Partido Popular (PP) who opened an internal investigation after several members appeared in photographs on the social media, performing Nazi-style salutes or posing with Spanish flags with fascist markings.
More images of the flea market can be viewed here.
Related reading:
Video: Fascists attack Madrid's Catalan center on Catalonia Day
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Video: Military display in Quijorna:
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