Spanish neofascists Vox bribed by Iranian paramilitarists

This 17 November 2019 video from Spain says about itself:

Around 1,000 protesters gathered in Madrid to participate in a demo against racism and the surging popularity of the far-right on Sunday.

The crowd protested in the city centre, bringing signs and banners directed at banishing xenophobia and far-right parties including Vox, who significantly increased their share of the vote in the recent general elections.

Spain has been rocked by demonstrations sparked by Catalan independence leaders being sentenced to prison in mid-October. Political uncertainty saw the second election of 2019 with the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) again emerging the largest party after the November 10 elections.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Vox party funded by Iranian extremist group

TWO parliamentarians from Spain’s far-right Vox party were paid for eight months by donations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), sources have revealed.

The El Pais newspaper reported that the party — now Spain’s third-largest, with 52 MPs — was created in 2013 thanks to a bumper €1million (£845,600) from the NCRI.

In December of that year, Vox received a donation of €1,156 (£977) transferred from abroad by sympathisers of the Iranian group whose armed wing, Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), was deemed by the US to be a terrorist organisation until 2012.

The politically jihadist NCRI-MEK used to fight for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in armed conflicts between the Iraqi and Iranian governments. Later, as conflicts between the United States and Iranian governments increased, they switched sides to the Bush, later Obama and Trump United States administrations, and to the Blair administration in Britain, who then got them off their lists of terrorists.

One month later the then Vox secretary-general Santiago Abascal and senior official Espinosa started receiving salaries paid for by the NCRI, invoiced through another company, according to two former party officials. …

Vox received nearly €1m between December 2013 and April 2014 which helped fund their 2014 European election campaign, as well as paying the rent on the party headquarters in Madrid.

MEK undertook a lengthy legal battle over its designation as a terrorist group between 2003 and 2014.

Britain removed MEK from its list of proscribed organisations in 2008, followed by Washington in 2012.

This was thanks to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign with large donations to members of Congress and influential officials.

Spain’s Vox Party Hates Muslims—Except the Ones Who Fund It. The upstart far-right party is unapologetically Islamophobic, but without donations from Iranian exiles, it may have never gotten off the ground: here.

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