ALGECIRAS, SPAIN — Germany has Alternative for Germany, France has the National Front, Italy has The League and Spain now has VOX, the latest far-right actor to emerge on Europe’s political scene after an unexpectedly strong showing in local elections last month in Andalusia, the Spanish southern region until now considered a Socialist bastion.
Violent protests erupted following the Dec. 2 vote, as leftist leader Pablo Iglesias called for an “anti-fascist mobilization.”
His followers camped out in front of the regional parliament in Seville, threatening to block access to VOX party representatives. Protesters set cars on fire and vandalized businesses.
But the results were clear and the protests did not change the reality that the populist, anti-establishment fever had arrived in Spain.
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