A man has accepted a 18-month prison sentence for hate crime for chanting antisemitic slurs in Barcelona

A man has accepted an 18-month prison sentence – which he will not serve because he does not have a criminal record – for a hate crime for making antisemitic chants on Columbus Day 2021 at the demonstration that went from Plaça Espanya to Plaça Sant Jordi on Montjuïc and which had been organised by Democracia Nacional.

The sentence, states that during the demonstration, the man, “moved by his animosity towards Jews and their nation Israel, began to repeatedly and loudly utter antisemitic chants, which clearly and distinctly instigated feelings of violence, hatred or hostility among the attendees”.

He shouted expressions such as ‘death to the Jews’, ‘kill Jews’ and ‘death to Israel’, which caused other attendees at the demonstration to join in his proclamations.

The sentence also explains that during the course of the protest other demonstrators shouted slogans in favour of the dictators Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco and against foreign minors.

The man has acknowledged the facts, agreed to pay a fine of 1,080 euros and to avoid prison, he has committed himself to a treatment programme.


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