Wednesday, August 10

The European Parliament fines the Vox group MEP who made the fascist salute with 2,000 euros

Six days without diet, at €338 each day. In total, 2,028 euros. It is the sanction imposed by the president of the European Parliament, Roberta Metsola, on the Bulgarian Angel Dzhambazki for making the Nazi salute in the Strasbourg plenary session on February 16 last. This was announced by Metsola this Tuesday morning at the opening of the plenary session.

“In accordance with article 176 of the Parliament’s rules of procedure, the President has decided to impose a sanction on Angel Dzhambazki MEP for his improper behavior on February 16, 2022, when he extended his right arm in a gesture that was perceived as a Nazi salute, when leaving the Chamber. He damaged the dignity and reputation of the European Parliament”, informs the European Parliament: “The sanction consists in the loss of his right to allowances for a period of six days”.

Dzhambazki was notified on March 31, and has the right to file an appeal.

Metsola (PN/EPP) condemned the gesture as soon as it occurred, and the following day decided to launch a disciplinary procedure under the regulation 176 of the European Parliament against Dzhambazki, belonging to the Vox parliamentary group (ECR), for making a fascist salute in the Strasbourg plenary.

In other words, Metsola activated the article of the internal regulations of the European Parliament to manage “serious cases of non-compliance” with the Chamber’s conduct regime.

Vox host in the European Parliament

He made his speech cheering Viktor Orbán and his party, Fidesz, hours after the European Justice endorsed the mechanism to cut funds to Hungary and Poland if they do not comply with the rule of law. Later, he got down from the podium and shouted towards the exit while the liberal tried to intervene. At one point, he turns around and raises his arm, to then continue his march from the hemicycle when he tried to start the speech from him on popular Czech Tomáš Zdechovský.

It was the Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki, from the far-right and ultra-nationalist VMRO (Bulgarian National Movement) party, host of the first Vox act in Brussels, in March 2019, of the same family European politician than the party of Santiago Abascal (ECR) and rapporteur of the report on the lifting of the petition to Carles Puigdemont, Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí.

The president of the European Parliament, the Maltese Roberta Metsola (European PP), stated: “A fascist salute in the European Parliament is unacceptable to me, always and everywhere. It offends me and everyone in Europe. We defend the opposite. We are the House of Democracy. That gesture belongs to the darkest chapter in our history, and it should stay there.”

Hours later, and once the video began to circulate, the Bulgarian MEP tried to justify himself: “When you confuse a simple greeting with a Nazi greeting, you have a real Godwin’s law problem [a medida que una discusión en línea se alarga, la probabilidad de que aparezca una comparación en la que se mencione a Hitler o a los nazis tiende a uno]. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn’t mean they’re a Nazi. I apologize if my innocent greeting has insulted anyone, but this is a serious case of reductio ad absurdum.

The Bulgarian sent an email to the entire European Parliament expressing an apology similar to that collected in his tweetAnd till apologized. A version that did assume its teammate Hermann Tertsch: “Although I spoil the news fabricated with this vile distortion for the glory of the press and politicians who see Nazis where “the others” are, the truth is that there has been no Nazi salute in the European Parliament. Nazis can be the lying methods of imposing lies.”

The protagonist is a far-right Bulgarian MEP named Angel Dzhambazki, from the VMRO party, who shares a bench with Vox in the ECR group of the European Parliament. But the links go beyond belonging to that same group.

Dzhambazki was the person who hosted the first act of Vox in the European Parliament. It was March 2019, the general and European elections had not yet been held, so Vox was still extra-parliamentary. But the Bulgarian MEP organized an event at the Brussels headquarters in which the general secretary of the party, Javier Ortega Smith, and the one who is now head of the party’s delegation in Brussels, Jorge Buxadé, participated.

That act, in March 2019, featured protests by feminist groups from the European Parliament.

Months later, once the elections were over, Dzhambazki crossed paths with Spanish politics again. The Bulgarian, who in March 2019 applauded while Ortega Smith pronounced the prayer “Puigdemont to prison”, had just become the rapporteur for the pleas of Carles Puigdemont, Clara Ponsatí and Toni Comín, who finally approved the plenary session of the European Parliament with the 66 % of the votes –fundamentally popular, socialist, liberal and the extreme right–.

A speaker who prepared a report on Ponsatí’s immunity in which he attributed a crime that was not in the euroorder issued by the Supreme Court.

The report approved in the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament, chaired by the Spaniard Adrián Vázquez (Citizens), to lift the immunity of MEP Clara Ponsatí stated that “the president of the Second Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court requested the suspension of the immunity for an alleged crime of sedition and for a crime of embezzlement of public funds.” However, in his letter of February 10, 2020, the President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, sends the then President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, a petition request in which he includes indictments of the May 2018 case. and March 2019, as well as the sentence of the process of October 2019 and the order of the euroorder of October 2019.

And in that euroorder of November 4, 2019 that Lesmes includes in his letter to Sassoli, the investigating judge of the Supreme Court, Pablo Llarena, on page 54 of the order, attributes Ponsatí and Toni Comín charges of sedition, but those of embezzlement leaves for Comín and the former Minister Lluís Puig.

Recently, Dzhambazki celebrated the summit of leaders of the European extreme right sponsored in Madrid by Vox.