Right about putting Spain first and stopping the flood of illegal Muslim migrant wannabes and the planned reconquest of Spain by Muslim invaders.
Often described as the latest member of Europe’s far right club – Vox came out of the shadows after its success in regional elections in Andalusia, only a year ago. This time some of its best results came in the Community of Madrid.
Nationalists vow to ‘make Spain great again’ When Santiago Abascal, the leader of Spain’s Vox party, was asked to explain its recent success, he said it was because it was “in step with what millions of Spaniards think”. Vox has been derided as far-right and populist, anti-immigration and anti-Islam.
But the 42-year-old Basque says instead it “defends the constitutional order, constitutional reform in some areas, the unity of Spain and centralisation of the state, and wants immigration to be brought under control”.
Many Vox policies, particularly on immigration, and its frequently voiced hostility to Islam, have drawn comparisons with far-right and populist parties elsewhere in Europe. The party proposes to “make Spain great again” and critics have described its ideology as a racist.
The city of Parla, south of the capital, is a traditional left wing stronghold. Vox champions national unity while promising to halt illegal immigration and political corruption. Here that message struck a chord. The local leader of the party is a former far-left trade unionist. Miguel Aguilera now says 36 years of socialist and communist power in Parla brought the local economy to its knees.
Vox won up to 30 percent of the vote in neighborhoods where many homes have been turned into illegal squatter camps.
“Most squatters are Muslim illegal immigrants, immigrants who come here illegally, without work, without papers, needing a place to live in,” says Miguel. “And they end up committing this type of crime. We’re not against immigration! We’re against illegal and uncontrolled Muslim immigration.”, adds Miguel Aguilera.
For young activists the Nation, family, and tradition, are central to their commitment. Vox, they say, is above all the party of renewal for Spain.