German and Italian Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) had already criticized the authorization by the Spanish Judiciary of the Falange's appearance in Arenys de MuntThe European Members of Parliament, Raül Romeva (ICV), Ramon Tremosa (CiU) and Oriol Junqueras (ERC) have demanded that the European Commission take action to stop fascist parties and organizations in Europe and that they prohibit the display of imagery of this type. The petition stems from the demonstration of the Falange in Arenys de Munt, the authorization of which was strongly criticized by German and Italian MEPs from the primary political groups.
The three MEPs point out that fascist imagery is 'incompatible' with the principles of liberty, democracy, and respect for human rights as well as with the fundamental freedoms of established democracies according to Article 6 of the Treaty on European Union (Maastricht).
In a release, CiU noted that, during the demonstration of the Falange, fascist flags and emblems were exhibited and the official hymn under Franco was sung, acts that would be prohibited in countries like Italy or Germany.
Originally published on 22 sep 09 at 19:22 h