Right-wing Spanish politicians accused of insulting Muslims after Moroccan man kills pope with machete
Conservative and far-right Spanish political leaders have been accused of insulting and trying to stigmatize Muslims and migrants.
They sought to stigmatize Muslims and migrants after an alleged Islamist terror attack on two churches in the southern Spanish city of Algeciras. in which one church official died, and four people were injured, "Guardian" reported today.
The Moroccan attacker (25) was arrested and remains in custody. The preliminary report of the judge investigating the incident suggests that the killing was carried out "for terrorist purposes" and was linked to "Salafist jihadism".
Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlasca said that the suspect had not committed any crimes and was convicted of illegal migration and irregular stay in Spain. The crime was immediately condemned by Christian, Muslim and Jewish groups, while members of Spain's Socialist-led coalition government condemned the reactions of the leaders of the conservative Popular Party and the far-right Vox party. Condemnations also came from migrant and anti-racist NGOs.
The leader of the People's Party, Alberto Núñez Fejo, said yesterday that Christians stopped killing in the name of their faith a long time ago, but that there are people who kill in the name of God or in the name of religion.
The Spanish Minister of Education and spokesperson for the Spanish Socialist Workers Party, Pilar Alegria on the occasion of that statement, the leader of the People's Party wrote on Twitter:
"Sometimes it's better to keep your mouth shut and look responsible than to talk like this."
Fejo later sought to clarify his remarks, insisting that no religion should be stigmatized.
"Obviously what happened has nothing to do with religions; you cannot criminalize any religion. Fanaticism is one thing, religion is another. That's what I mean. But having said that, I think we can all agree that there is no problem with Catholic terrorism in the world at all. However, there is a problem with Islamic fundamentalism in certain parts of the world, and also in some Islamic countries," Fejo said.
The day before yesterday, a Moroccan armed with a machete entered the church "San Isidro" in the city of Andalusia and seriously injured a priest before going to the nearby church "Nuestra Señora de la Palma" where he killed the church official Diego Valencia, and three people were injured in the violence.
The machete attacker in the Spanish churches is a Moroccan who should have been deported