VANDALS have scrawled swastikas onto the front of a cultural centre in Barcelona.
The Omnium Cutural association took to Twitter to slam the graffiti, which came to light on Monday morning. Leaders from political parties on all sides have also condemned the act.
Marcel Mauri, spokesman and vice president of Omnium Cultural, tweeted, “we will continue to be deeply antifascist, committed to rights and freedoms. Although some would like it, they will never silence us.”
He added, “in spite of the attacks of the most extreme intolerance, in @omnium today and always we will continue working for the defence of the rights and the liberties of all #NoPasaran.”
Omnium Cultural is a Catalan association, set up during the reign of Franco in the 1960s to promote Catalan language and culture.
The organisation was eventually driven underground under Franco.
Susanna Segovia, a spokeswoman for left leaning Barcelona en Comu, also slammed the actions of those who painted the swastikas, tweeting, “intolerance and fascism believe that two threats and aggressions will silence those of us who think differently. Nothing new on your part. Neither on ours: we will not be silent.”
A spokemsan for the Partits dels Socialistes de Catalunya, Miquel Iceta, also condemned the graffiti, tweeting, “we strongly condemn the intimidating actions against the headquarters of Omnium.”
“All aggressions, all violence, all intimidation deserves the rejection of all democrats. We demand respect as a requirement to coexist in freedom.”
Two parties, the Partido Popular (PP), and Ciutadans, are yet to comment.