Far right leader accused of attacks on immigrants
11 January 2007, VALENCIA — The leader of a far right group went on trial accused of racist provocation, it was reported on Thursday.
11 January 2007
VALENCIA — The leader of a far right group went on trial accused of racist provocation, it was reported on Thursday.
Jose Luis Roberto, head of the España 2000 party, allegedly committed the offences at a demonstration in March 2002.
A court in Valencia heard the local leader of an Ecuadorian immigrant group who claimed there was a "permanent attitude of aggression against the African and Latin American foreigners" in and around Valencia.
Hernan Cortes, leader of the Rumiñahui association, said Roberto was involved in a series of protests at different places in eastern Spain "at which immigrants were attacked".
The entire situation occurred, the Rumiñahui head said, "with the consent" of the Valencia regional government.
Cortes recalled that during the 2002 demonstration, Valencia's Ruzafa neighborhood "was the object of a brutal and exaggerated virulence," where the España 2000 followers "did not come to demonstrate, but to attack vulnerable groups who are working and contributing to the richness of this country".
"In 2002, we asked that permission be denied for this demonstration, but the government delegation ignored that," he said.
Cortes said he was confident that the public authorities would "correct" their stance and work "for true integration, not only with promises that never get kept".
Representing 10 percent of Spain's burgeoning foreign-born population, Ecuadorians are the second-largest contingent of immigrants after Moroccans.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news