Barcelona's local council sues bus against 'feminazis'
Far-right group Hazteoír says in campaign that gender equality law is "discriminatory for men"
Barcelona's local government issued twice the bus against 'feminazis' which campaigned in Catalonia, including its capital, earlier this week.
The bus is part of a campaign by far-right group Hazteoír, and includes a face of the Nazi leader, Adolf Hitler, with pink lips, in order to link his totalitarian behavior with the feminist movement.
The vehicle had other messages, including "It is not gender-based violence, it is domestic violence" and also "the gender equality law is discriminatory for men."
In their two lawsuits, Barcelona's local council accuses Hazteoír of promoting advertising messages against the dignity of people. The organization could be fined with up to 61,000 euros.
"This bus is not welcome, because it is a tool for hatred, and its messages attack the dignity of women and feminism"
Jaume Asens · Barcelona's deputy mayor
"This bus is not welcome, because it is a tool for hatred, and its messages attack the dignity of women and feminism," said to the Catalan News Agency Jaume Asens, one of the city's deputy mayors.
Judge rejected to immobilize bus
The vehicle was in Barcelona last Monday, and was attacked by members of a youth far-left organization.
Spain's prosecutor requested for a judge to immobilize the bus, but a court rejected it. With the lawsuits, Barcelona aims for the vehicle to be halted if it enters the city again.
"Boys have penis, girls have vulva"
It is not the first time that Hazteoír launches a controversial campaign against feminism, transgender or abortion with a bus. "Boys have penis, and girls have vulva, don't let yourself be fooled," read one of their latest messages, which also sparked outrage.
Hazteoír's campaigns coincide with the rise of the feminist movement, which showed its power in the International Women's Day protests on Friday, and but also with the rise of far-right Vox party, which shares the same ideology as Hazteoír.