As crazy as things may be in the U.S., political developments across the pond are often on a whole new level of insanity.
Last month, Spain’s Interior Ministry revealed that it will be launching specialized “hate crime groups” within its national law enforcement body and Civil Guard to fight against an alleged rise in hate crimes.
Chris Tomlinson of Breitbart News outlined who were some of the actors leading the charge:
Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez, the leaders of the National Office for the Fight against Hate Crimes, and commanders of the National Police and Civil Guard took part in a meeting this week in which they agreed to create the new police units.
Held at the headquarters of the National Office of Hate Crimes in Madrid, the meeting saw the government establish eight priorities for action in regard to hate crimes, which have reportedly increased each year by around nine per cent since 2014, La Vanguardia reports.
Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska revealed that the government has cooperated with a number of NGOs to fight so-called “hate crimes”. Grande-Marlaska declared that “their collaboration has been key to the implementation of the first action plan and we are determined to further encourage their participation and listen to their proposals.”
Grande-Marlaska also expressed the government’s desire to confront anti-Roma (Gypsy) hate crimes, which he claims have risen by 57% in 2020.
Tomlinson offered some context to this newly crafted initiative:
The new initiative comes as Spanish populist party VOX has called for Minster Grande-Marlaska to resign from his post after the Interior Minister attacked the populist party following an alleged attack on a homosexual man in Malasaña, a neighbourhood in Madrid, which turned out to later be false.
VOX accused Grande-Marlaska of “promoting hatred and violence against the third political force in Spain.” Similarly, Pablo Casado, the leader of the Popular Party, demanded that Grande-Marlaska resign.
VOX leader Santiago Abascal issued a strong response on Twitter, declaring: “The brutal aggression, in the end, turned out to be a crude hoax fed by the Government and its media lackeys to point out VOX.”
“But the worst thing is that these manipulations hide the escalation of attacks on people because of their sexual condition, or on women, and insecurity in general because when the aggressors do not serve to stigmatize us, the cases are silenced and the victims are abandoned,” he added.
Hate speech laws have become the norm throughout Europe, a region that is not known for having strong free speech traditions. It’s part of the multicultural mind virus that has swept across the West. Hate speech laws have been generally directed towards right-populist parties who criticize mass migration and other policies that undermine historic nations.
In Spain’s case, hate speech laws are quite stiff. According to Wikipedia, “The Spanish Código Penal has article 510, which forbids ill-intended speech against individuals.” In addition, “Spain also tackles hate speech through non criminal laws, such as article 23 of the Law 19/2007, against violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sports.”
Spain’s hate speech laws stand In contrast to the US, where infringements on free speech tend to be carried out by the private sector. It’s clear that the West is losing its way. National populist parties are the only hope for maintaining the West and its institutions and practices that have made it the most prosperous civilization in history.