Spanish conservatives launch bus campaign against ‘Feminazis’ with image of lipstick-wearing Hitler
Posted On July 12, 2020
A conservative Catholic Spanish group has used an image of Adolf Hitler sporting make-up and a feminist symbol on his cap on the side of a bus to criticise Spain’s gender violence laws.
Hazte Oír (Make Yourself Heard), which has in the past railed against issues including LGBT rights, commissioned the bus to travel around Spain in the run-up to International Women’s Day on March 8 and is calling for the country’s right-wing parties to repeal the laws, which it claims “discriminate against men”.
“It is not gender violence, it is domestic violence. Gender laws discriminate against men,” reads the slogan on the side of a bus, along with the hashtag #StopFeminazis.
In a statement, the group called on the leaders of the PP, Ciudadanos and the far-right Vox to commit to repealing Spain’s gender violence laws for “violating equality”.
The laws, including a €1 billion, five-year programme passed in 2017, brought in measures to protect victims of domestic violence such as processing suspected cases within 72 hours and providing legal, psychological and social assistance to victims.
“There is a real problem with violence but some, for ideological reasons, only want to talk about ‘gender violence’ to discriminate against men, children, older people and teenagers who suffer mistreatment and attacks,” said Hazte Oír spokesman Luis Losada.
A study by Spain’s highest judicial body, the CGPJ, shows between 2008 and 2015 58 men were killed by their partners or ex-partners in Spain, compared to 488 women.
Figures show 2017 was the worst year on record for violence against women – 158,217 women were subjected to domestic violence, an 18% year-on-year rise. In 2018, 47 women were killed by their partners.
The group has coincided the end of its bus tour with March 8, when across Spain will down tools to strike for equality both at work and at home.
Spain’s gender violence laws recently hit the headlines when the far-right Vox, which won a surprise 12 seats in Andalusia’s regional elections in December, said it would only support a coalition if its right-wing partners agreed to repeal the laws.