AROUND 1,000 people took to the streets of Malaga City on Monday to protest against the election of members of a far right political party to Andalucia’s regional assembly.
Protesters marched down the Calle Larios towards the Plaza de la Constitucion in the centre of the city after Vox won 12 seats in Sunday’s vote.
Three of those from the party, which is known for its hard-line stance on immigration and Spanish unionism, were elected in Malaga Province.
One leftist group which took part in the march said on Twitter: “To stop the extreme right you have to build a revolutionary alternative in the streets. Build it together!”
Police sources said they estimated that around 1,000 people gathered in central Malaga City for the march.
Demonstrators carried placards and chanted slogans including: Your hate does not belong here” and “Hitler was also elected”.
The march took place around the same time shoppers were in the city for Christmas season and shortly before a sound and music show on Calle Larios.
Vox was founded in 2013 and has grown on the back of its anti-migrant stance, as well as its staunch opposition to independence movements in Cataluña and elsewhere in Spain.
Members of the party say they support a free market economy, a centralised Spanish state and the “moral health” of society and culture.
Critics accuse them of racism, sexism and homophobia. They have also been accused of courting the support of fascists and neo-Nazis and of being nostalgic for Spain’s former dictator Francisco Franco.