Socialists file hate crime complaint against far-right Vox leader

Santiago Abascal said Spaniards would like to see Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez 'hung by his feet'

Far-right Vox leader Santiago Abascal
Far-right Vox leader Santiago Abascal / Javier Barbancho
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December 12, 2023 05:01 PM

December 12, 2023 05:56 PM

The Socialist spokesperson in Congress, Patxi López, announced on Tuesday that his party will file a hate crime complaint with the Public Prosecutor against the leader of the far-right Vox party, Santiago Abascal, for comments he made in the newspaper Clarín, in which he claimed that Spaniards would like to see Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez "hung by his feet."

According to López, these words represent a "danger to democracy" and incite "violence" in a "go get them" atmosphere promoted by Vox against Sánchez and the Socialists.  

"We want the full weight of the law to fall on Abascal and Vox," López said at a press conference in Congress. 

Reacting to the announcement, Santiago Abascal said he was "delighted" with the complaint. 

"It is an opportunity to reiterate our statements point by point," he said.