Saturday, April 1

The fascist greeting of a Vox ally MEP 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 gesture has had the first reaction of the vice president of the European Parliament Pina Picierno (PD / S & D), who after it occurred has announced a sanction: “I have been told that there has been a Roman greeting in this Chamber. If that if so, a sanction will be applied. It is inadmissible that fascist gestures be made here.”

Furthermore, the president of the popular in the European Parliament, the German Manfred Weber, has condemned the “Hitler salute”, initially denounced in a video by the Twitter account of the delegation of Emmanuel Macron’s party in Brussels, Renaissance (Renew).

Hours later, and once the video began to circulate, the Bulgarian MEP tried to justify himself: “When you confuse a simple salute with a Nazi salute, 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 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 voted the plenary session of the European Parliament.

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.