Former Ku Klux Klan leader's Spanish visit sparks outrage

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22 November 2007, Madrid - US historian and former congressman for Louisiana David Duke is touring Spain this week to promote his latest book, 'Jewish Supremacism. My Awakening on the Jewish Question', which has recently been translated into Spanish and released by Ojeda Publishers.

22 November 2007

Madrid - US historian and former congressman for Louisiana David Duke is touring Spain this week to promote his latest book, 'Jewish Supremacism. My Awakening on the Jewish Question', which has recently been translated into Spanish and released by Ojeda Publishers.

This former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who founded the white supremacist group National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) in 1980, visited Valladolid on Monday and Zaragoza on Wednesday to give conferences organized by the Spanish far-right political and social movements National Alliance and National Democracy.

Speaking on Monday before a packed auditorium in Valladolid, Duke denied being a white supremacist, and spoke up in favor of freedom of speech.

"No people or nation should oppress others. Every country has the right to be independent and to preserve its heritage" in areas such as art and cultural and artistic development, argued Duke.

The former Congressman also explained that when he speaks "of Jewish supremacism" he is not referring to all Jewish people. Instead, he insisted that his words only target "Jewish extremists and those who try to impose their supremacy."

Duke's arrival in Spain coincides with a growing debate on the rising presence of extremist far-right groups with a racist agenda in the country.

During his Valladolid lecture, Duke specified that he is not visiting Spain to speak up "against anybody in particular," and stressed that he simply aims to "remind people that Spain has the right to continue fighting to preserve its essence" and its identity, within the realms of human rights and freedoms.

Nonetheless, he then warned that "Spain is suffering the greatest threat to its people's heritage and freedom since the Moorish invasion of 711."

On Monday Duke also spoke of the "crisis" Europe is going through due to the gradual destruction of its cultural heritage, and criticized the current Socialist government in Spain for its overly relaxed immigration policies. "Unless this massive immigration" stops, "all of the planet's identities" will be diluted in places like Spain, Europe and the United States, he said.

Duke is no stranger to controversy and his Spanish visit has provoked angry responses from many quarters. A group of intellectuals, journalists and politicians filed a complaint before the Catalan High Court on Wednesday, on the grounds that Duke is a "Nazi apologist."

"We're a group of citizens who are worried by the presence of a Nazi in Barcelona," said journalist and politician Pilar Rahola. Duke is scheduled to speak in Barcelona on Saturday.

This group cites the Spanish Criminal Code to support its opposition to Duke's visit. The Code bans actions that could "incite discrimination, hatred or violence against groups or associations for racist, anti-Semitic reasons," adding that these actions "will be punished with a one- to three-year prison sentence and a fine."

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ M. M. Z. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

This former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, who founded the white supremacist group National Association for the Advancement of White People (NAAWP) in 1980, visited Valladolid on Monday and Zaragoza on Wednesday to give conferences organized by the Spanish far-right political and social movements National Alliance and National Democracy.

Speaking on Monday before a packed auditorium in Valladolid, Duke denied being a white supremacist, and spoke up in favor of freedom of speech.

"No people or nation should oppress others. Every country has the right to be independent and to preserve its heritage" in areas such as art and cultural and artistic development, argued Duke.

The former Congressman also explained that when he speaks "of Jewish supremacism" he is not referring to all Jewish people. Instead, he insisted that his words only target "Jewish extremists and those who try to impose their supremacy."

Duke's arrival in Spain coincides with a growing debate on the rising presence of extremist far-right groups with a racist agenda in the country.

During his Valladolid lecture, Duke specified that he is not visiting Spain to speak up "against anybody in particular," and stressed that he simply aims to "remind people that Spain has the right to continue fighting to preserve its essence" and its identity, within the realms of human rights and freedoms.

Nonetheless, he then warned that "Spain is suffering the greatest threat to its people's heritage and freedom since the Moorish invasion of 711."

On Monday Duke also spoke of the "crisis" Europe is going through due to the gradual destruction of its cultural heritage, and criticized the current Socialist government in Spain for its overly relaxed immigration policies. "Unless this massive immigration" stops, "all of the planet's identities" will be diluted in places like Spain, Europe and the United States, he said.

Duke is no stranger to controversy and his Spanish visit has provoked angry responses from many quarters. A group of intellectuals, journalists and politicians filed a complaint before the Catalan High Court on Wednesday, on the grounds that Duke is a "Nazi apologist."

"We're a group of citizens who are worried by the presence of a Nazi in Barcelona," said journalist and politician Pilar Rahola. Duke is scheduled to speak in Barcelona on Saturday.

This group cites the Spanish Criminal Code to support its opposition to Duke's visit. The Code bans actions that could "incite discrimination, hatred or violence against groups or associations for racist, anti-Semitic reasons," adding that these actions "will be punished with a one- to three-year prison sentence and a fine."

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ M. M. Z. 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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