The secretary of the Government of Mexico City, Martí Batres, condemned the holding of a party by neo-Nazi followers on October 29 in the Santa María la Ribera neighborhood. The clandestine concert gathered 300 people and five far-right music bands: three Spanish and two Mexican.
The case was reported earlier this week by the newspaper The country, which reported that the activity called “The Empire Strikes Back” was kept secret to avoid mishaps and its location was released a day before it took place. The date of the concert coincided with the culmination of the Benito Mussolini’s March on Rome in 1922, as well as for the founding of the fascist party Phalanxin Spain, in 1933.
Yesterday, commemorating the International Day Against Fascism and NazismMartí Batres condemned the event in the Mexican capital.
We found out a few days ago that a Nazi group had organized a clandestine party in Mexico City and I want to take this opportunity to express the absolute condemnation of the Mexico City government for this type of demonstration.
The Secretary of Government, Martí Batres, added: “We condemn absolutely Nazism and we are not going to allow an ideology of violence, extermination, absolute intolerance, racism to be reproduced in our city, which is a city of rights, of freedoms
Today is the International Day to Combat Fascism and Nazism. In this context I expressed the absolute condemnation of the @GobCDMX to recent events held by Nazi and fascist groups in the city. We will not allow hateful behavior and violence to be reproduced. pic.twitter.com/SWem7qQFnh
– Martí Batres (@martibatres) November 9, 2022
Tickets to the concert cost 1,580 pesos and could be purchased through the website of Editorial Heidelberg, far-right book distributor based in Monterrey.
In this publishing house there are many books and authors of the “third position“, an ideology that is characterized by a militaristic, ultra-nationalist formulation and in support of the racial separatism.
The bands that played at the concert are:
– Punishment Battalion (Spain)
– Irreducible (Spain)
– Last Chance (Spain)
– Sun City Skins (Mexico)
– Royal Aces Convicted (Mexico)
During the presentation of the bands, hate slogans and Nazi salutes. In addition, the place was full of designs with swastikas, images of Adolf Hitler and phrases in German.
This is not the only time that an event is held in Mexico that celebrates those who murdered approximately six million people during the Holocaust.
In May of this year, a wedding in Puebla with theme referring to Nazi Germany.
In January 2022, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, called for fight intolerance and against those who try to whitewash and rewrite history in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
This November 9 was commemorated the International Day Against Fascism and Antisemitism, in order to eradicate practices against racial, ethnic, religious and other minorities.
(With information from Brandon Celaya and Aristegui News)