Spain: Neo-Nazis vandalise memorials to Soviet volunteers at Madrid cemetery

Two monuments paying tribute to the Soviet volunteers and the International Brigades in Fuencarral cemetery in Madrid were vandalised with anti-Semitic slogans and far-right symbols such as Swastikas and the Celtic cross on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. «Long live Division Azul» was spray-painted across one memorial, in reference to the Spanish military unit that assisted Adolf Hitler... Еще in attacking the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa. By Thursday morning, two Antifa activists had turned up at the cemetery equipped with cleaning products to clear the monuments themselves. The International Brigades were units of volunteers set up by the Communist International to assist the Republicans during Spain’s Civil War (1936-1939). Volunteers from more than 20 countries participated in the Civil War participating in major battles such as the Siege of Madrid. Spain eventually fell to fascist rule under Francisco Franco until 1975, transitioning into a liberal democracy only with Franco’s death.

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